Huntsville, Ala. – Andy Moye threw six shutout innings leading the Huntsville Stars to a 5-1 win Friday night over the Tennessee Smokies at Joe Davis Stadium. With the Stars win, they completed a five game series sweep over the Smokies.
Moye, who improved to 1-0 gave up just one hit in his six innings. It was a two out double to Anthony Giansanti.
The Stars got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning against Smokies starter Julio Rodrigue(1-1). Mitch Haniger led off with a walk. Kentrail Davis then got the Stars first hit of the game on a bunt single up the third base line.
With Haniger and Davis on the bases, Rodriguez issued a wild pitch which moved the runners to second and third. On the wild pitch, catcher Rafael Lopez threw to third trying to get Haniger. His throw sailed over third baseman Kris Bryant. Haniger scored giving the Stars a 1-0 lead.
Latter in the inning, Moye executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt up the first baseline scoring Davis.
In the sixth, Stars first baseman Nick Ramirez launched a solo homerun over the right field wall. It was Ramirez’s second homer of the series, his fifth against the Smokies this season and his tenth homer of the year.
Later in the sixth the Stars made it 4-0 when Shea Vucinich reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Haniger.
Davis added a sacrifice fly in the eighth giving the Stars a 5-0 advantage.
The Stars were going for the shutout in the ninth. However, the Smokies had other plans. Bryant homered against Stars reliever Tommy Toledo for his seventeenth homer of the season.
Davis went 2-3 for the Stars who improved to 38-17. The Stars now lead second place Tennessee(26-28) by 11.5 games with fifteen games left in the first half of the season.
The Stars travel to Jackson, Tennessee tomorrow to start a five game series with the Jackson Generals, the Double-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. RHP Tyler Cravy(7-1, 1.79) will start for the Stars. Jackson will send LHP Tyler Olson(1-2, 4.94) to the mound. Saturday’s game can be heard with Steve Jarnicki starting at 5:50 PM CDT on 92.9 FM, 1450 AM and wtkiradio.com
Courtesy: Stars Media Relations