Fueled by a dazzling performance by Mississippi Braves starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin, the Huntsville Stars four-game winning streak was snapped with a 5-1 loss on Tuesday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
The M-Braves got to Stars starting pitcher Kyle Heckathorn early in the game. Heckathorn walked center fielder Keenan Wiley to start the game. Second baseman Phil Gosselin reached base on an error and first baseman Joe Turdoslovich doubled both them home to make the score 2-0. Two batters later, center fielder Todd Cunningham knocked home Turdoslovich, giving the Braves a three-run lead.
That lead would be plenty for Gilmartin. The 2011 first-round draft pick (28th overall selection) for the Braves improved to 4-5 on the season after giving up just one run on five hits through eight innings of work. The 22-year-old has now only given up one run in his last two starts against Huntsville this season, both wins.
For Huntsville, their only run of the ballgame came in the eighth inning as shortstop Tommy Manzella drove home third baseman Matt Cline with a two-out, RBI single. Manzella was the only Stars player to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
Mississippi added on to their lead in the third inning on a RBI single by Cunningham and in the seventh inning as shortstop Greg Paiml was plated on a Stars error.
On the pitching side, Heckathorn fell to 2-5 on the season with the loss. The Brewers 2009 supplemental first-round draft pick pitching six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out five.
The conclusion of a six-game series between the two teams will wrap up on Wednesday as the Stars will send RHP Hiram Burgos (1-1, 4.03 ERA) to face off against Braves RHP David Hale (3-3, 4.96 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 CST.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations