Stars Down BayBears 4-3
Huntsville Al, – To begin a five-game set and 11-game homestand at Joe Davis Stadium, the Huntsville Stars held on to beat the Mobile BayBears by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday night.
After finishing off their series against the Chattanooga Lookouts with two straight wins, the Stars got off to the right track against BayBears starting pitcher Bradin Hagens in the bottom of the third inning.
With two outs, outfielder Chadwin Stang was hit by a pitch by Hagens and then stole second on the very next pitch. During that same at-bat, an infield single from second basemen Nick Shaw accompanied by a BayBears throwing error allowed Stang to score. Later in the inning, a RBI single from outfielder Rene Tosoni scored Shaw to make the score 2-0.
The Stars would hold that lead until the top of the fifth inning, where Stars starting pitcher Drew Gagnon got hurt by the longball. One out into the inning, outfielder Keon Broxton put the BayBears on the board with a solo homer. Then, after Hagens drew a walk against Gagnon, outfielder Ender Inciarte roped a two-run homer just inside the right-field foul pole to put Mobile up by one run.
Fortunately for Gagnon, he was taken out of harms way for the loss in the bottom of the seventh inning. Following a one-out single from first basemen Jason Rogers and a walk drawn by outfielder Eric Patterson, third basemen Mike Walker came through with a two-run triple off of BayBears righty Bryan Woodall to put Huntsville on top for good.
For Walker, the game-winning hit was his second in the last three days.
To ensure the victory, righty David Goforth notched his second save of the season with two innings of scoreless baseball. Goforth stranded runners on first and third in the ninth inning.
Aside from Goforth, righty Eric Marzec improved to 5-0 on the year with the win in relief while Gangon gave up three runs in six innings with four strikeouts for a quality start in a no-decision.
On offense, the Stars were paced by two hits apiece from Shaw and Rogers.
The win for Huntsville was their third in a row. Four of the Stars last five wins have been by one run.
On Wednesday, the Stars will play game two of a five-game series with the Mobile BayBears. The BayBears are the two-time defending Southern League champs and won the Southern League South division crown in the first half this year.
Huntsville will send RHP Andy Moye (5-12, 4.43 ERA) to the hill while the BayBears will counter with RHP Archie Bradley (8-5, 2.10 ERA). Bradley is the top prospect in the Diamondbacks organization and is a consensus top-10 prospect in all of Minor League baseball.
First pitch is at 6:43 PM.
Courtesy: Stars Media Relations