Pitching Propels Stars Over M-Braves
PEARL, Miss. – Another strong outing from a Huntsville starting pitcher gave the Stars the opportunity to win their second-consecutive game over the M-Braves in a 7-4 final at Trustmark Park Friday night. RHP Evan Anundsen went the distance, pitching six innings, allowing just one run and four hits.
The Stars put up three runs in the third inning and never looked back. Center fielder Josh Prince hit his first Double-A home run, a solo-shot on the first pitch of the inning. Third baseman Andy Gonzalez singled to get on base. He advanced to second on a Hunter Morris single. Left fielderJay Gibbons hit into a fielder’s choice to advance Gonzalez. Catcher Jason Jaramillo singled home Gonzalez and Gibbons to give the Stars their 3-0 lead.
The Braves got on the board in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a lead-off walk from shortstop Andrelton Simmons. He eventually came home on a ground out by third baseman Joe Leonard.
Huntsville’s Morris led off the Stars sixth with a double. He crossed the plate on another RBI-single by Jaramillo, his third on the night. Khris Davis walked to start the seventh inning. He advanced to second on a Prince single. Mississippi’s reliever Chris Jones threw a wild pitch to allow both runners to advance. The Stars’ Gonzalez took advantage of the situation and hit a single to score both Davis and Prince, giving Huntsville a 6-1 lead.
Heading into the top of the ninth, Huntsville’s offense wasn’t done yet. The Southern League’s reigning Hitter of the Week Scooter Gennett hit a single to start the action. He came home on a double by Gonzalez, who joined Jaramillo with three RBIs on the night. Gennett ended the night 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
Mississippi put up a fight in the final frame of the game, plating three runs. It wasn’t enough to catch the Stars with the final 7-4 victory going to Huntsville’s starter Anundsen, his first Double-A win. Reliever Jesus Sanchez picked up his first save of 2012, going 0.1 inning. For the Braves, starter Sean Gilmartin went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five in route to his third loss of the season.
The Stars and Braves continue the five-game series tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Stars will look to RHP Kyle Heckathorn (1-0, 3.47 ERA) in game four against Mississippi’s RHP David Hale (2-2, 5.75 ERA). Catch the call by Alex Cohen at www.huntsvillestars.com.