The Huntsville Stars were unable to win their second consecutive series, as they fell to the Birmingham Barons by a score of 6-2 on Saturday night at Regions Park.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when centerfielder Josh Prince led off the game with a triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Domnit Bolivar. It wouldn’t be enough for the win, however, as the Barons dominated the rest of the contest.
From the second inning to the eighth, Birmingham scored six unanswered runs to clinch their first series win of 2012. Centerfielder Jared Mitchell led the way with an RBI triple, and right fielder Jose Martinez added a double and three RBI’s.
The Stars added another run in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by catcher Jason Jaramillo. For the night, Jaramillo, left fielder Khris Davis and third baseman Andy Gonzalez accounted for six of the Stars’ 10 hits with two apiece. Huntsville out-hit Birmingham, but just couldn’t capitalize as they left eight runners on base. They were also just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
On the pitching side, the Stars were shut down by Barons starting pitcher Pedro Hernandez. The 26-year-old lefty cruised to his first victory of the season by limiting the Huntsville bats to one run and seven hits over six innings pitched. For Huntsville, RHP RJ Seidel fell to 0-2 on the season as he gave up three runs in four innings of work.
With the loss, the Stars finished off their ten-game road trip to start off the 2012 season with a record of 4-6.
On Sunday, the Stars return to Joe Davis Stadium for their home opener against the Tennessee Smokies and the first of ten straight games at “The Joe”. The Stars will honor the life of Don Mincher in a special pre-game ceremony. Gates open at 2:30 p.m for a first pitch at 4:03.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations