Stinson, Morris lead Stars to Victory
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After being swept in a five-game series by the Mobile BayBears down at Hank Aaron Stadium two weeks ago, the Huntsville Stars beat the first half Southern League South champs by a score of 4-2 on Tuesday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
With both teams being held scoreless through the first three innings, the BayBears got the scoring started in the fourth inning. Right fielder Mark Krauss and second baseman David Nick led off the inning with singles against Stars starter Josh Stinson. A throwing error by Stars third baseman Hainley Statia scored Krauss to make the score 1-0. Later in the inning, another error by Statia on a groundball by left fielder Dan Kaczrowski plated Nick to give Mobile a 2-0 lead.
Unlike during their past series in Mobile, the Stars were able to return the favor in the fifth inning. To begin the rally, left fielder Lee Haydel singled and center fielder Josh Prince walked against BayBears starter Gaby Hernandez. With both runners in scoring position after a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch from Hernandez allowed Haydel to score to cut the Stars deficit in half. The same at-bat, first baseman Hunter Morris crushed a two-run home run over the right field wall to give Huntsville a 3-2 lead.
That would be all the run support the Stars pitching staff needed. Josh Stinson improved to 8-4 on the season after giving up those two runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings of work.
After Stinson’s exit, Stars RHP Darren Byrd and LHP Mitch Stetter followed with a combined 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. To end the game, RHP Jesus Sanchez notched down his 10th save of the year by recording the final four outs.
From an offensive perspective, the Stars got their final run in the seventh inning on a RBI single by Morris. Overall, the Huntsville native was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs on the night. His home run in the fifth inning was his second round-tripper in as many games and team-leading ninth on the season. Huntsville also got three hits from Haydel and two hits from shortstop Domnit Bolivar.
Huntsville will continue a five-game series with Mobile with game two on Wednesday. The Stars will send RHP Evan Anundsen (4-3, 3.61 ERA) to the mound to square off against BayBears RHP Chase Anderson (2-1, 2.47 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 PM.
Courtesy: Huntsville Stars Media Relations