Stars Walk-off in Series Finale
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Kentrail Davis hit a single to left field in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Andy Gonzalez and give the Stars the 6-5 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits Saturday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
The Biscuits got to Stars starter Jimmy Nelson early in the game. A lead-off double by second baseman Derek Dietrich followed by an error on Gonzalez with first baseman Michael Sheridan at bat put runners in scoring position with no outs. Dietrich and Sheridan scored on back-to-back hits by Brett Nommensen and Mark Thomas. A passed ball on catcher Anderson De La Rosa plated a third run of the inning, giving the Biscuits a 3-0 lead.
Montgomery added two more runs in the third thanks to a deep single to right center off the bat of Thomas. Nelson regained his control and allowed just one more Biscuits hit in his 5.2 innings of work. He left the game after giving up all five runs (three earned) on five hits. He walked six and struck out five in the no-decision.
The Stars finally got on the board in the fourth inning thanks to a single from Brock Kjeldgaard to score Gonzalez. Gonzalez hit a solo shot in the sixth to cut Montgomery’s lead to three. Davis hit a bomb of his own in the next inning, his fifth long ball of the season, to put the Stars within two runs.
In the eighth inning, the Biscuits pitching staff unraveled. Reliever Kirby Yates replaced C.J. Riefenhauser and walked the bases loaded with just one out. Kjeldgaard hit another deep single to bring two runners home and tie the game. He went 4-for-5 on the night with 3 RBIs.
With the game still tied in the bottom of the tenth, the Stars second extra-inning game in the last three games, Gonzalez drew a lead-off walk and advanced to third on another Kjeldgaard single. In the next at-bat, Davis scored Gonzalez to give Huntsville their fourth walk-off and second consecutive win.
Reliever R.J. Seidel picked up the win for the Stars, improving to 2-2 on the season, after throwing two hitless innings, walking three and striking out three. Relievers Brian Garman and Johnny Hellweg combined for 2.1 shutout innings. Neil Schenk took the loss for Montgomery, going 0.1 innings, giving up one run on hits.
The Stars start a five-game road trip tomorrow to face the Mississippi Braves. RHP Johnny Lowe will take the mound for the Stars. First pitch is at 5 p.m.
Courtesy: Stars Media Relations