Huntsville Al, Sprinkled within torrential downpours and a hour-plus rain delay, the Huntsville Stars dropped the series opener with the Birmingham Barons at Joe Davis Stadium by a score of 3-1 in five innings on Wednesday night.
Riding a three-game winning streak coming into the game, the Stars fell behind early in the first inning. Following a leadoff single from Barons second basemen Marcus Semien, a RBI double from outfielder Keenyn Walker put Birmingham on the board. Later in the inning, an error by shortstop Hector Gomez plated Walker to make the score of 2-0.
In the bottom half of the first inning, the Stars managed their only run of the ballgame. After outfielder Chadwin Stang led things off with a double, he advanced to third on a groundout by second basemen Shea Vucinich. One batter later, outfielder Kentrail Davis plated Stang with a sacrifice fly to cut the Stars deficit in half.
Unfortunately, that was the closest Huntsville would get. Birmingham scored the final run of the game on a solo homer from Semien in the fourth inning. It was the fourth homer this year that Semien has hit against the Stars pitching staff.
For Huntsville, starting pitcher Drew Gagnon was tabbed with the loss. The 23-year-old righty fell to 1-5 in a Stars uniform after giving up three runs on five hits in five innings while walking a season-high five batters.
Scott Snodgress notched the win for the Barons, improving to 9-7 on the season after giving up just one run on six hits in five innings while striking out five batters. The nine wins for Snodgress is now tied with Stars starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann for most in the Southern League.
On offense, the Stars were paced by two hits from both third basemen Joey Paciorek and outfielder Brock Kjeldgaard. Paciorek now has six hits in his last nine at-bats.
The loss for the Stars snapped their three-game winning streak. It also goes down as the second rain-shortened contest they have played this season, the only other game being on May 2nd at Mobile.
On Thursday, the Stars will play game two of a five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium against the Birmngham Barons. Huntsville will send RHP Ariel Pena (5-7, 3.20 ERA) to the bump. Birmingham will counter with RHP Nick McCully (7-3, 2.78 ERA). First pitch is 6:43 ET.
Courtesy: Stars Media Relations