Stars Lose Finale, Still Win the Series

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Addison Russell hit a pair of homeruns including a grand slam leading the Tennessee Smokies to a 10-3 win over the Huntsville Stars Sunday afternoon at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville.


The Smokies took an early 2-0 lead against Brent Suter.  Russell hit a first inning two-run homerun to left center.


The Stars chipped away at the deficit.  In the bottom of the second, Kentrail Davis produced a sacrifice fly scoring Joey Paciorek making it 2-1.


The Stars had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the third inning.  They were only able to score once when Shea Vucinich hit into a double play tying the game at 2-2.


The game changer for the Smokies came in the top of the fifth inning.  With the bases loaded and one out, Russell launched a grand slam to deep left off Suter making it 6-2.


The Stars scored their final run of the day in the bottom of the fifth.  Josh Prince grounded out to the shortstop Russell scoring Rivera cutting the Smokies lead to 6-3.


Tennessee put the game away in the top of the seventh.  Christian Villanueva hit a two-run homer to dead center against RHP Manny Barreda increasing the Smokies lead to 8-3.


The Smokies scored their last runs in the top of the ninth off RHP Tanner Poppe.  With two outs, Johnathan Mota hit a two-run double over right fielder Josh Prince’s head scoring Jorge Soler and Dustin Geiger giving Tennessee a 10-3.


Suter(9-7), who took the loss worked 4.2 innings and allowed eight hits on six runs, including two homeruns.


The Stars(15-15, 61-39) will travel to Jackson, Tennessee Monday to begin a five-game series against the Jackson Generals, the Double-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.  Monday night’s game can be heard with Steve Jarnicki starting at 6:50 pm CDT on 92.9 FM, 1450 AM and


Courtesy: Huntsville Stars media relations