Stars Roll Over Smokies 6-2
Knoxville TN – After being shutout on Thursday, the Huntsville Stars hit three homers en route to a 6-2 victory against the Tennessee Smokies.
For the Stars the homer parade began in the second inning, as Rene Tosoni launched a fastball from Smokies starter Yeiper Castillo well over the right-field wall to put Huntsville up 1-0.
After Stars starting pitcher Ariel Pena gave up a solo homer of his own to Smokies outfielder Rubi Silva, the game remained tied until the seventh inning where Tennessee reliever Trey McNutt (L, 2-4) came into the game to relieve Castillo.
To begin the inning, Stars outfielder Kentrail Davis drew a leadoff walk off Mcnutt. After Davis stole second and then advanced to third on a groundout from Tosoni, outfielder Brock Kjeldgaard launched a two-run homer off the Smokies Park scoreboard in deep left field put the Huntsville up by two.
Once the Stars tacked on an insurance run in the eighth, Kjeldgaard was then put in position to strike again in the top of the ninth. With Tosoni aboard, the 27-year-old crushed his second two-run homer in as many at-bats off of Smokies righty Tony Zych to make the score 6-1.
The multi-homer game was the second for Kjeldgaard of the season. He and first basemen Jason Rogers have both done it twice in 2013.
On the pitching side, Pena improved to 4-3 on the year with the win after giving up just one run and four hits through six innings. The Brewers 20th ranked prospect per MLB.com struck out six batters in the process and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.77. Pena has now given up just three earned runs in his last 26.2 innings pitched (five starts).
Aside from the 23-year-old hurler, relievers Dan Meadows and Greg Holle each pitched a scoreless inning of relief while lefty Brian Garman gave up a meaningless run in the ninth.
On offense, the three homers on the game for the Stars offense ties a season-high for them as a team this season.
Also, the victory gives Huntsville just their second win against Tennessee in seven games played this season.
The Stars and Smokies will play game three of their five-game series at Smokies Park on Saturday. Huntsville will send RHP Taylor Jungmann (3-5, 5.06 ERA) to the bump to square off against Tennessee RHP Alberto Cabrera (4-1, 3.69 ERA). First pitch is at 6:15 ET.
Courtesy: Stars media Relations