Huntsville, Ala. – In game two of a five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium, the Huntsville Stars shutout the Jackson Generals by a score of 1-0 on Wednesday night.
On Tuesday, the Stars got a dominating outing from starting pitcher Ariel Pena. The 23-year-old righty struck out 10 batters and gave up just four hits in six shutout innings to improve to 2-2 on the season. His 10 strikeouts for Pena was the most for a Stars pitcher in any single game this season. The former Angels farmhand has now gone 11.1 innings over his last three starts without giving up an earned run.
Pena was put in line for the victory in the third inning as the Stars scored their only run against Generals starting pitcher Chance Ruffin (L, 1-1). To begin the frame, catcher Shawn Zarraga starting things off with a single. After advancing to second on a balk from Ruffin and then to third on a sacrifice bunt from second basemen Nick Shaw, Zarraga scored on a wild pitch to give Huntsville the sole run of the game.
After Pena excited the game with two runners on base and nobody out, Stars reliever Greg Holle got Pena out the jam, striking out three batters in two scoreless frames. Huntsville closer Casey Medlen then shut down the door in the ninth by striking out the side and stranding two runners on base for his fifth save of the season.
Overall, the Stars pitching staff struck out 16 Generals hitters, there most in a game during the 2013 season. The win snapped a five-game losing streak at Joe Davis Stadium.
The shutout for the Stars was also their first of the season as well.
The Stars and Generals will play game three of their five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium on Thursday. Huntsville will send RHP Taylor Jungmann (1-4, 7.89 ERA) to the bump to square off against Jackson RHP Taijuan Walker (3-2, 1.54 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 PM.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations