Pearl, Miss. – For the third time in as many games, the Huntsville Stars won a game when trailing after the seventh inning and beat the Mississippi Braves by a score of 4-3 on Sunday night at Trustmark Park.
To begin the game, the Stars trailed from the get-go. In the first inning, a RBI single by M-Braves outfielder Evan Gattis and a RBI groundout by catcher Shawn McGill put them on top by a score of 2-0.
The score stayed that way all the way until the seventh inning, where M-Braves shortstop Jaime Pedroza crushed a solo homer over the right-field wall off of Stars starter Johnnie Lowe to put the lead at 3-0.
However, the Stars resiliency struck once again in the eighth inning. After M-Braves starter Jose Lugo was taken out of the game following seven scoreless innings, Huntsville took to the M-Braves bullpen to begin their comeback. With RHP Eric Cordier in the ballgame, the Stars started off the inning with back-to-back- singles by left fielder Brock Kjeldgaard and right fielder Kentrail Davis. One batter later, a RBI single by catcher Adam Weisenburger plated Kjeldgaard to cut the Stars deficit to two. After a walk to center fielder Josh Prince loaded the bases, a two-run single by shortstop Hainley Statia tied up the game. Later in the inning, a sacrifice fly by second baseman Scooter Gennett gave the Stars the lead for good.
On the pitching side, Lowe improved to 3-3 with the victory, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out five in seven innings of work. Reliever Brian Garman added a scoreless eighth inning and Darren Byrd sent down the M-Braves in order in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
For the Stars, the victory was their third in as many games. Combined with a loss from the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday, the Stars are now six games back of a playoff spot with 14 regular season games remaining.
The Stars and M-Braves will continue with game two of their five-game series on Monday. First pitch from Trustmark Park is at 7:00 PM.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations