Huntsville Al, To begin their five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium, the Huntsville Stars were shutout by the Chattanooga Lookouts by a score of 4-0 on Saturday night.
For the Stars, starting pitcher Drew Gagnon took the hard-pressed loss. The 23-year-old righty fell to 1-3 on the year after giving up three runs on seven hits in a season-high seven innings pitched. Gagnon also struck out six batters while only walking one. The loss for Gagnon was his third in as many starts.
Chattanooga put themselves in line for the victory after catcher Jan Vazquez and second basemen Rafael Ynoa hit a pair of RBI singles against Gagnon in the fifth inning. Gagnon also gave up a solo homer to shortstop Ozzie Martinez in the sixth inning.
The Lookouts scored their only other run in the eighth inning against Stars reliever Casey Medlen on a RBI single from third basemen Sean Burroughs.
Those runs were plenty for Lookouts starting pitcher Zach Lee. The former 1st round draft pick for the Dodgers in 2010 gave up just two hits in seven innings of shutout baseball. Lee struck out six batters while walking just one to improve to 6-5 on the year.
Chattanooga conserved the shutout when Onelki Garcia blanked the Stars in two innings of relief to end the game.
On offense, the Stars were held to just three hits, tying a season low. Second baseman Nick Shaw went 2-for-4 with two singles while outfielder Kentrail Davis chipped in with a single.
For the Stars, Saturday night marked the seventh time this year that they have been shutout in a ballgame. In their last two games combined, the Stars have been held to just one run and seven hits.
On Sunday, the Stars and Lookouts play game two of their five-game set at The Joe. Huntsville will send RHP Ariel Pena (5-6, 3.00 ERA) to the bump to try to get the Stars back on the right track. Chattanooga will counter with LHP Chris Reed (3-7, 3.50 ERA). First pitch is at 4:03 PM.
Courtesy: Stars Media Relations