HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Taking a three-run lead into the ninth inning, the Huntsville Stars held on to defeat the Mobile BayBears by a score of 4-3 on Friday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
For the fourth straight game, the BayBears struck first blood. In the second inning, David Nick doubled to begin the inning. He advanced to third on a botched pickoff attempt by Stars starter Hiram Burgos and scored on a groundout by catcher Ed Easley to give Mobile a 1-0 lead.
However, in the third inning, the Stars took the lead for good. Following back-to-back singles by Burgos and left fielder Lee Haydel to start the inning, three consecutive RBI singles by first baseman Hunter Morris, third baseman Hainley Statia and catcherAnderson De La Rosa put the Stars up 3-1.
For their eventual game-winning run, the Stars got another RBI single by Statia in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
The score stayed that way until the ninth inning where the usually reliable Jesus Sanchez came on to close out the game for the Stars. After one-out singles by Easley and left fielder Vladimir Sutil, back-to-back RBI singles from left fielder Evan Frey and shortstop Chris Owings cut the Stars lead at one with runners on first and second.
Fortunately for the Stars, the runners remained there. Sanchez buckled down and struck out third baseman Matt Davidson to notch his 11th save on the season. The save for Sanchez was also his fifth in his last five appearances.
Once again, Burgos dazzled on the mound for the Stars. The 24-year-old righty improved to 3-1 on the season after giving up just one run (zero earned) on five hits while striking out five in seven innings of work. By the end of the night, Burgos’s earned run average dropped to a paltry 2.11.
On offense, the Stars got three hits apiece from Statia and De La Rosa and a 2-for-4 night at the plate from second baseman Scooter Gennett.
The rubber match of a five-game series will begin tomorrow as the Stars will send RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-0, 7.56 ERA) to the mound to square off against Mobile. First pitch is at 6:43 PM.