Stars Win 2013 Home Opener
Huntsville, Ala. - To begin their 2013 regular season home slate, the Huntsville Stars beat the Jacksonville Suns by a score of 5-1 at Joe Davis Stadium on Wednesday night.
After allowing the first four batters he faced to reach base and a run in the first inning, Stars starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson dazzled in his second start of the season. The 23-year-old righty improved to 2-0 on the year after giving up just one run and three hits over six innings. After exiting in the game before the seventh inning, relievers Brian Garman, Alan Williams and Santo Manzanillo each pitched an inning of scoreless relief over the final three frames.
Following that first inning run for Jacksonville, the Stars pitchers held the Suns offense scoreless over the final eight innings of the game. Jacksonville only had two hits over that span as well.
On offense, the Stars got a pair of solo homers from right fielder Brock Kjeldgaard and third baseman Mike Walker in the span of three batters during the fourth inning off of Suns starter Brian Flynn to take a 2-1 lead.
Two innings later, a two-out double by center fielder Rene Tosoni led to an RBI single by catcher Adam Weisenburger two batters to increase the Stars lead to two.
In the seventh inning, shortstop Nick Shaw began a rally when he snapped a 0-for-12 skid with a double off of Suns reliever Michael Ojala. Two batters later, first basemen Jason Rogers drove him home with an RBI single to make the score 4-1. Rogers would then score the next at-bat on a RBI double by right fielder Kentrail Davis for the Stars final run of the game.
Overall, Kjeldgaard and Weisenburger paced the Stars offense two hits apiece, while the RBI double for Davis in the seventh inning extended his hitting streak to six games. As a team, the Stars cranked out ten hits, with all but one player in the starting lineup having one.
The victory for Huntsville was their 4th straight when opening their season at Joe Davis Stadium, the second against the Suns during that time span (2010). In addition, the win also improved the Stars league-best record to 5-1, their best start since 2008 where they began the season 5-0.
The Stars and Suns will play game two of their five-game series on Thursday night. Huntsville will send RHP Taylor Jungmann (1-0, 1.80) to the bump to square off against Jacksonville RHP Robert Morey (0-0, 1.50 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 CT.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations