Stars Held Scoreless By Barons
Huntsville, Ala. – For the fourth time since August 1st, an opponent shutout the Huntsville Stars as they were blanked by the Birmingham Barons by a score of 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Joe Davis Stadium.
The only run of the ballgame came in the top half of the fourth inning. To begin the frame, Barons first baseman Seth Loman singled off of Stars starting pitcher Josh Stinson. After advancing to second on a walk to left fielder Brady Shoemaker, Loman scored on a RBI single by third baseman Eric Morrison to give Birmingham the lead for good.
To shutout the Stars, the Barons combined to use just two pitchers, headlined by starter Nestor Molina. The 23-year-old righty improved to 5-11 on the year after pitching seven innings of scoreless baseball while giving up just five hits and without striking out a batter. Aside from Molina, reliever Brandon Kloess earned his third save of the season after blanking the Stars offense in the final two innings of the game.
On the pitching side for Huntsville, Stinson fell to 11-8 on the year after giving up just one run on five hits through six innings. The start was Stinson’s sixth time toeing the rubber without notching his 12th win of the season. Following his exit in the seventh inning, relievers Johnny Hellweg and Kyle Heckathorn combined to throw three scoreless innings for the Stars.
On offense, the shutout was the 11th time this season Huntsville has been blanked by an opponent. Right fielder Lee Haydel led the way with two of the Stars six hits on the game.
Game four of a five-game series will take place on Monday as the Stars will send RHP Evan Anundsen (5-7, 4.77 ERA) to the mound. First pitch is at 6:43 PM.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations