Huntsville, Ala. - After being shutout on Sunday evening, the Huntsville Stars pitching staff returned the favor by shutting out the Biscuits en route to a 3-0 win on Monday at Joe Davis Stadium.
Coming off of a stretch where he his last lost four decisions, Huntsville starting pitcher Andy Moye came up with arguably the best pitching performance for the Stars this season.
The 25-year-old righty improved to 2-4 on the year after holding the Biscuits without a run over a season-high 8.0 innings pitched, while only giving up just five hits in the process. Moye’s ERA dropped a full point from 5.79 to 4.76 with the victory.
Moye was able to earn the victory when Huntsville broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth inning. After six scoreless frames from Montogomery starter Enny Romero, the Stars bats finally got to reliever Marquis Fleming (L, 1-2) in his second inning of work. Following a leadoff double by shortstop Hector Gomez and a single from left fielder Kentrail Davis that put runners at the corners with nobody out, Fleming was chased from the game in favor of righty Matt Navarez. The 26-year-old righty hit right fielder Brock Kjeldgaard with a pitch but retired two batters to put the bases-loaded with two outs.
Fortunately for the Stars, center fielder Rene Tosoni was able to come up in the clutch. Tosoni sent a 2-0 fastball off the right-center field wall to clear the bases and give Huntsville a 3-0 lead that they would not relinquish.
In the ninth, the Stars got a 1-2-3 ninth from reliever Casey Medlen, giving the righty his seventh save in just as many opportunities.
The win for the Stars clinched their second consecutive series victory and first series win at home this season. Overall, the Stars are 8-5 in their last 13 games, in which they also have all three of their shutouts this year over that time span.
On offense, Huntsville was paced by Davis, who had three of the Stars eight hits.
The Stars and M-Braves will play the finale of their five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium on Tuesday. Huntsville will send RHP Arcenio Leon (0-3, 5.93 ERA) to the bump to square off against Montgomery RHP Victor Mateo (2-4, 6.86 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 PM.
Following the series finale and a off-day on Wednesday, the Stars will hit the road for their first ten-game road trip of the season. The team bus will head to Kodak, TN for five games against the Tennessee Smokies on Thursday and then cross the state to head towards Pringles Park for five games with the Jackson Generals.
Courtesy Huntsville Stars Media Relations