Chattanooga, Tenn. – In the first double dip for either team in 2013, the Huntsville Stars lost game one 8-0 and won game two 3-1 against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Field.
Game one featured a lack of offense from a Stars team who churned out 22 combined hits and 12 combined runs the two previous contests, as they were shutout and held to just five hits. Lookouts starter Andres Santiago had his way with the Huntsville bats, pitching five shutout innings while giving up just three hits to cruise a win in his first start of the season. Relieving Santiago in the sixth inning, lefty Kelvin De La Cruz went the rest of the way for Chattanooga, pitching two scoreless innings to finish off the Lookouts first win of the season.
On offense, the Lookouts took the lead for good early in the first inning off of Stars starter Ariel Pena on a RBI single from right fielder Yasiel Puig. For insurance purposes, Chattanooga scored six runs in the fourth inning off of Pena and reliever R.J Seidel, highlighted by a three-run home run by left fielder Joc Peterson, a 2-run single by second basemen Rafael Ynoa and a RBI double by first basemen Chris Jacobs.
The Lookouts scored their lone other run in the sixth inning on another RBI single by Puig.
For the Stars, their offense was paced by center fielder Rene Tosoni, who had two of the Stars five hits. In addition to Tosoni, Kentrail Davis recored a hit for his third straight game with a double in the second inning while catcher Robinson Diaz and second basemen Shea Vucinich each had a single.
In game two, the Stars clinched the series victory behind a tremendous performance by starting pitcher Andy Moye. The 25-year-old righty combined with reliever Greg Holle to one-hit the Lookouts in his Double-A debut.
After giving up a solo homer to Peterson to begin his outing, Moye did not give up a hit the rest of the way as he went six strong innings, striking out four batters in the process while walking just one. Holle then retired the Lookouts in order in the seventh, getting left fielder Bobby Coyle to ground out to notch his first save of the season and finalize the one-hitter.
On offense, the Stars got all the run support they needed in the first inning. After a leadoff walk by shortstop Nick Shaw, Vucinich doubled off Lookouts starter Rob Rassmussen to put runners at second and third. Following a walk by first basemen Jason Rogers, a RBI infield single by right fielder Davis put Huntsville on the board. Later in the inning, a long sacrifice fly by left fielder Brock Kjeldgaard scored Vucinich to put the Stars up 2-0.
Huntsville got their extra insurance run in the seventh inning on a solo homer by third basemen T.J Mittelstaedt.
The Stars and Lookouts will finish their five-game 2013 season opening series on Monday night. Huntsville will send RHP Arcenio Leon (3-2, 4.38 ERA ERA w/HSV in 2012) to the bump to square off against Chattanooga LHP Onelki Garcia (0-0, 0.00 ERA w/RC in 2012). First pitch is at 7:15 ET.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations