Stars Win First Series in a Month

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On Friday night, the Huntsville Stars got their first series victory in over a month with a 4-2 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts in the rubber match of a three-game series at Joe Davis Stadium.

 Following a 5-3 loss on Thursday night, the Stars got on the board early on Friday. In the second inning, third baseman Hainley Statia led off the inning with a double to get in scoring position. Shortstop Tommy Manzella hit a RBI single to give Huntsville a 1-0 lead.

 Chattanooga scored their only runs of the ballgame in the fourth inning off of Stars starter Josh Stinson. Third baseman Pedro Baez started things out with a single, followed by a walk by catcher Matt Wallach. Lookouts starting pitcher Aaron Miller helped his own cause by striking out and forcing a throwing miscue by catcher Anderson De La Rosa following the play to score Baez. One batter later, a RBI single by shortstop Rafael Ynoa gave Chattanooga a 2-1 lead.

 Fortunately for the Stars, they scored the final three runs of the game for the win. Starting in the fifth inning, a RBI single by Josh Prince tied up the game at 2-2. In the sixth, a solo home run by first baseman Hunter Morris put the Stars up 3-2. Lastly, in the eighth inning, a RBI single from second baseman Scooter Gennett gave Huntsville all the run support they needed.

 On the pitching side, Stinson improved to 9-5 on the season with the victory. The 24-year-old righty gave up just two runs (none earned) on six hits in six innings of work. The Stars also got 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball from RHP Darren Byrd and a scoreless ninth inning from reliever Brandon Kintzler. For Kintzler, the save was his second of the season.

 Offensively, Morris paced the Stars with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. For the Huntsville native, his sixth inning home run was his team-leading 11th on the season. In addition to Morris, Prince also added two hits.

 The victory for the Stars improved their record to 2-7 in series-deciding games. The series victory was also their first since the first week in June against the Mississippi Braves.

 On Saturday, the Stars will continue their six-game game home stand with the opener of a three-game series against the Jacksonville Suns. First pitch is at 6:43 PM.

courtesy: Stars Media Relations