Birmingham, Ala. - After winning the first two games of their series against the Birmingham Barons, the Huntsville Stars dropped their third straight game at Regions Field, losing the rubbermatch of a five-game series by a score of 8-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
Making his first start of his professional career, Stars lefty Alan Williams got off to a shaky first inning. Following a leadoff single by shortstop Tyler Saladino and a one-out walk issued to right fielder Trayce Thompson, a RBI single by designated hitter Andy Wilkins put the Barons on the board early. Later in the inning, a two-run double by first baseman Dan Black plated both Wilkins and Thompson to make the score 3-0.
After a solo homer by Stars designated hitter Mike Walker cut the Stars deficit to two in the top of the second inning, the Barons provided the equalizer off Williams in the bottom half of the frame. Following a one-out single by third baseman Cody Puckett, another single from second basemen Marcus Semien combined with a Stars error allowed Puckett to score to put Birmingham up 4-1.
In the end, Williams pitched four innings in his first start, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out six to fall to 0-2 on the season.
On offense, the Barons picked up two more runs in the fifth inning on a two-run blast by Wilkins off of Stars reliever Mark Williams. Birmingham also scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Stars lefty Brian Garman.
From the pitching perspective for the Barons, starting pitcher Stephen McCray improved to 3-1 on the year after giving up just one run in six innings pitched. The Stars scored their two other runs of the ballgame in the seventh inning on a RBI single by Brock Kjeldgaard accompanied by one of their season-high five fielding errors for the Barons on the game.
For the Stars, Kjeldgaard and T.J Mittelstaedt paced the offense with two hits apiece.
The loss for the Stars was their third straight overall after winning six of their first seven road contests to start the season.
With the Stars traveling back to Huntsville on Wednesday, they will welcome the Mississppi Braves into town to open up a five-game set at Joe Davis Stadium on Thursday night.
Huntsville will send RHP Jimmy Nelson (2-0, 1.25 ERA) to the bump to square off against M-Braves RHP Michael Lee (2-0, 4.61 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 PM.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations