Stars Earn Saturday Split with Mobile

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Mobile AL, On Saturday, the Stars won the conclusion of a previously suspended game by  a score of 5-2 but then lost an additional seven-inning game by a score of 4-1 to the Mobile BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium.

After Friday’s seven-inning game was stopped in the bottom of the third inning due to rain with the Stars leading 2-1, Huntsville righty Eric Marzec started off Saturday’s action on the right foot for the Stars.

The 25-year-old reliever was able to relieve Ariel Pena and strand two runners on base by striking out Mobile shortstop Nick Ahmed to end the BayBears potential threat.

However, with Stars reliever Mark Rogers in the game in the fifth inning, Mobile was able to provide the equalizer. Following a leadoff single by Ahmed and a walk by pinch-hitter Garrett Weber, center fielder Ender Inciarte advanced both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, a wild pitch from Rogers allowed Ahmed to score to tie up the game.

Rogers, in his fourth MLB rehab appearance with the Stars, gave up just that run on a hit in 2.0 innings of work.

The score remained that way until the seventh inning, where a RBI sac bunt from shortstop Hector Gomez and a two-run single from right fielder Kentrail Davis off of BayBears reliever Derek Eitel gave the Stars the lead for good. For Davis, the single gave him three runs batted in on the game, as he also added a sacrifice fly on Friday before the game was suspended.

On the pitching side, Stars righty Greg Holle improved to 1-1 on the season with two innings of scoreless relief to finish off the game.

After a thirty-minute break a ceremonial first pitch from University of Alabama quarterback A.J McCarron, the BayBears took the lead early in the second game against Stars starting pitcher Andy Moye.

In the bottom of the first, Mobile got back-to-back singles from Inciarte and second basemen Mike Freeman to put runners at the corners with no one out. The next at-bat, a groundout from left fielder Nick Evans scored Inciarte to make the score 1-0.

The only run the Stars were able to manage in the game against BayBears starting pitcher Michael Bolsinger came in the fifth inning. To leadoff the frame, back-to-back singles from third basemen Mike Walker and center fielder Rene Tosoni put runners at the corners with nobody out. Later in the inning, a wild pitch from Bolsinger allowed Walker to score to tie the game.

Unfortunately for the Stars, the tie was shortlived. In the bottom half of the inning, the BayBears tacked on three runs. After back-to-back singles by Weber and catcher Raywilly Gomez, a RBI sac bunt by Ahmed put the BayBears back up by one. Two batters later, a RBI single from Inciarte chased Moye from the game and made the score 3-1.

Then, with Stars lefty Thomas Keeling on the bump, another RBI single from BayBears second baseman Mike Freeman put Mobile up by three.

To finish off the game, BayBears reliever Eric Smith sent the Stars down scoreless in the final two innings for his second save of the year.

The Stars and BayBears will wrap up their five-game set at Hank Aaron Stadium with a series-ending doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12:05 CT. It is anticipates that Huntsville will activate RHP Arcenio Leon (0-2, 6.35 ERA) from the D.L and start him for game one while they will send LHP Alan Williams (0-2, 1.86 ERA) to the bump for game two.

Courtesy: Huntsville Stars Media Relations

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