Huntsville AL – To finish off a five-game set at Joe Davis Stadium, the Huntsville Stars lost a series-deciding contest to the Jackson Generals by a score of 12-8 on Saturday night.
Unfortunately for the Stars, one of the better offensive outputs of the season was wasted with the lost.
Trailing 2-0 in the first inning, the first three Huntsville hitters reached base against Jackson starting pitcher Anthony Fernandez. With the bases loaded, first basemen Jason Rogers launched a fastball over the right-field wall for the Stars first grand slam of 2013 to give them a 4-2 lead.
Two batters later, a RBI double from catcher Robinzon Diaz put Huntsville up by three.
However, that lead for the Stars would be short-lived. In the span of two innings, the Generals offense was able to reclaim the lead off of Stars starting pitcher Arcenio Leon (L, 0-3). A bases-clearing double from Generals shortstop Brad Miller in the second highlighted the offensive explosion while left fielder Leon Landry and third basemanVinnie Catricala each added a RBI double in the third.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Stars got one back on another homer from Rogers, this one a solo shot to begin the inning off of Fernandez as well. For Rogers, the multi-homer game was his first of the season and only the second for the Stars as a team, as Brock Kjeldgaard had the only other one in April.
That was the closest the Stars would get to take their initial lead back. Jackson scored four more runs in the fifth inning off of Huntsville righty Mark Williams, lead by a two-run double from designated hitter Abraham Almonte and another RBI single from Morban.
Catricala added an RBI single in the eighth inning off of Stars lefty Brian Garman to give the Generals their final run of the game.
On offense, the Stars also got an RBI single from shortstop Ozzie Chavcz in the sixth inning and a RBI groundout from Diaz in the seventh. Huntsville also had four players with two or more hits on the game, as infielder Nick Shaw led the way with a 3-for-5 night at the dish. Rogers, Kjeldgaard and Chavez each had two hits.
The loss for the Stars marked their sixth consecutive series defeat. Huntsville has not won a five-game set since their opening series of the year against Chattanooga. They are now 5-15 at Joe Davis Stadium this season.
With an early morning bus ride on Sunday, the Stars will travel to Trustmark Park to open up a five-game series against the Southern League South-leading Mississippi Braves. The Stars will send RHP Jimmy Nelson (3-2, 2.75 ERA) to the bump to square off against M-Braves RHP Cody Martin (1-1, 3.38 ERA). First pitch is at 5:00 PM.
Courtesy: Stars Media Relations