Huntsville, Ala. - Following a stretch where they scored five runs in their last three games, the Stars offense broke out for a season-high 13 runs and 16 hits in a 13-5 victory over the Mississippi Braves on Thursday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
While Huntsville starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson gave up an unearned run in the first inning, the Stars offense began to break out in the third inning against M-Braves starter Michael Lee. After catcher Robinson Diaz and second basemen Nick Shaw reached via Mississippi errors, RBI singles from second basemen T.J Mittelstaedt and first basemen Jason Rogers and a two-run double from Kentrail Davis made the score 3-1.
The offensive barrage continued into the fifth inning when Davis and right fielder Brock Kjeldgaard hit back-to-back homers off of Lee to put the Stars up 7-1.
One inning later, the Stars tacked on five runs against M-Braves reliever Ryan Woolley. The Stars batted around in the inning, and the scoring was highlighted by a RBI double by Shaw, two-run double from Rogers, RBI double by Kjeldgaard and a bases-loaded walk drawn by center fielder Rene Tosoni. When all was said and done, the Stars were up by a score of 12-2.
Huntsville scored their only other run when Kjeldgaard launched his second homer off the game against position player Barrett Kleinknecht, who came into pitch for the first time this season.
The 13 runs was plenty for the Stars pitching staff, especially Nelson, who improved to 3-0 on the year after giving up two runs (one earned) over six innings while striking out six batters.
In his second rehab appearance with the Stars, RHP Mark Rogers struggled by giving up three runs and four hits in one inning of work. Rogers also walked two batters.
After Rogers exited the game following the seventh inning, righty Eric Marzec gave up four runs in 1.1 innings to put the M-
Braves final run total at eight. Reliever Casey Medlen recording the final two outs for the Stars.
On offense, the Stars were paced by Shaw who had a season-high four hits. In the middle of the lineup, Rogers, Davis and Kjeldgaard each had three hits and combined for ten runs batted in. The 13 runs and 17 hits for the Stars were both a season high.
The win for the Stars snapped their three-game losing streak.
The Stars and M-Braves will play game two of their five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium on Friday. Huntsville will send RHP Ariel Pena (1-2, 5.51 ERA) to the bump to square off against Tennessee RHP J.R Graham (1-1, 2.50 ERA). First pitch is at the regular time of 6:43 PM.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations