3rd Inning Buries Stars
Huntsville AL – On Friday night, a seven-run third inning for the Jackson Generals sent the Stars to an 8-5 loss at Joe Davis Stadium.
Jackson scored their only other run early, as Generals catcher John Hicks sent the third pitch of the game over the left-field wall for his second homer of the season to make the score 1-0.
After a two-run single from Stars outfielder Rene Tosoni gave Huntsville a 2-1 lead in the second inning, the Generals mounted their big inning in the third by sending 10 batters to the plate.
First, following back-to-back singles by third basemen Leury Bonilla and second basemen Jack Marder and Moye hitting Hicks with a pitch, Generals shortstop Brad Miller hit a towering homer over the right-field wall for a grandslam to make the score 5-2.
Then, after back-to-back singles from outfielders James Jones and Julio Morban, a three-run blast from Jackson designated hitter Abraham Almonte put the Generals up by six.
On a bright note, the Stars pitching staff blanked the Generals offense over the last five innings of the game. Despite throwing two scoreless frames after that third inning, Moye fell to 1-4 on the year with the loss. The 25-year-old righty gave up eight runs and nine hits in five innings while striking out five batters.
Besides Moye, the Stars got two scoreless innings from righty Santo Manzanillo, and an inning of scoreless relief each from relievers Thomas Keeling and Eric Marzec.
The strong outing from the Huntsville bullpen allowed the Stars to get back into the game. After a run-scoring groundout from first basemen Jason Rogers in the third, another RBI groundout from outfielder Kentrail Davis in the fifth inning made the score 8-4. Then, in the eighth inning, a solo homer from outfielder Brock Kjeldgaard cut the Stars deficit to three.
For Kjeldgaard, the homer was his second in as many games and his fifth of the season.
In the ninth inning, the Stars were able to load the bases and send the potential game-winning run to the plate. However, Generals reliever Jonathan Arias was able to strike out Rogers to end the game and ruin any potential comeback for Huntsville.
The win for Jackson evened up this series at two apiece, setting the stage for a rubbermatch of the five-game set on Saturday.
Game five of the five-game series between the Stars and Generals will begin at 6:43 PM at Joe Davis Stadium. Huntsville will send RHP Arcenio Leon (0-2, 5.28 ERA) to the bump to square off against Jackson LHP Anthony Fernandez (0-0, 8.64 ERA).
Following the series finale against the Generals, the Stars will hit the road and head west to start a five-game set against the Mississippi Braves on Sunday.
Courtesy: Huntsville Stars Media