Jacksonville, Fla. - The runs came early and often in The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for Sunday’s game between the Huntsville Stars and the Jacksonville Suns. Unfortunately for the Stars, the runs were for the Suns. Using a six run third inning, Jacksonville cruised to an 11-2 win, dropping Huntsville further into a hole to start the second half.
The Suns scored first in the bottom of the second when Ryan Fisher singled, bringing in Aaron Dudley to make the score 1-0. The Suns then exploded in the third inning. Jacksonville plated six runs in the inning, capped by pitcher Henderson Alvarez’s three-run homerun, bringing the score to 7-0 Suns. Jacksonville added two runs in the fourth and two in the seventh to make the score 11-0. The Stars made an effort in the top of the ninth, when pinch hitter Robinson Diaz hit a two-run homer to left field, plating himself and Joey Paciorek, and making the score 11-2. Unfortunately, that was the last gasp for the Stars as Suns pitcher Jordan Conley finished the game by striking out Brock Kjeldgaard and Mike Walker back to back.
Huntsville pitcher Andy Moye (3-8) took the loss, tossing three innings, giving up eight hits and seven runs. He struck out four while walking two. Four Stars pitchers gave up 14 hits and 11 runs on the night, their worst performance since June 10th.
Alvarez (1-0) got the win for the Suns, going six and two thirds innings, giving up three hits and no runs. He struck out six and walked none. Alvarez also went two for three at the plate on the day including his homerun .
Huntsville was led at the plate by Diaz, who drove in the only two Stars’ runs in his only at-bat of the game. Diaz’s homerun was his third of the season. Stars batters combined for more strikeouts on the night, nine, than they did hits, four.
J.T. Realmuto led Jacksonville at the plate, going three for four with two runs scored. Fisher added two hits and three RBI’s as Chris Gutierrez had two hits, both doubles, two runs scored and two RBI’s.
With the loss, the Stars fall to 30-43 on the year, 1-4 in the second half. The Suns improve to 38-34, 4-1 in the second half. For the Stars, this second half start is exactly opposite of the first half when they started 4-1.
Huntsville will next travel to Birmingham, AL. where they will face the Birmingham Barons for a five game series starting on Monday. The Stars return home on Saturday, June 29th when they start a series against the Chattanooga Lookouts. First pitch is set for 6:43 CT.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations