Sun sets on Stars againJune 12, 2008 - Southern League (SL) Huntsville Stars
James Tomlin and Ivan DeJesus, jr. opened the home first with singles before Tomlin stole third base and scored on a Jamie Hoffman sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 Suns. Mark Bellhorn and Russell Mitchell walked to load the bases before Gonzalez emptied the bases with a double down the left field line to extend the home side's edge to 4-0. A wild pitch moved Gonzalez to third and he scored an infield hit by Godwin to cap the rally. Stars' starter Derek Miller was removed after one inning, allowing five runs on four hits and a pair of walks to suffer his first loss since April 10 at West Tenn in his second start of the season.
Mike Jones took over for Miller and led off the third inning with a single and came in to score Huntsville's only run of the night on a sacrifice fly by Mat Gamel, who drove in his league-leading 61st run. The Suns got the run back in the fourth on a run-scoring double by James Tomlin, who collected three hits in a game for a second time this season.
Jones was taken out after three innings, giving up a run on four hits and was replaced by Josh Wahpehpah, who was making his double-A debut. The Suns scored two runs against him in the fifth on a two-out, two-run single by Godwin and added two more in the sixth on a two-run double by former big leaguer Mark Bellhorn. Wahpehpah was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks over an inning and two-thirds before Robert Hinton finished with 2 1/3 scoreless frames.
White didn't allow a hit after the third inning and was taken out with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh and replaced by Brian Akin, who got Alcides Escobar to fly out to end the frame. The right-hander tossed shutout relief in the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the win. White earned his first double-A win after yielding a run on three hits, walking three and fanning five. Escobar went hitless in four at-bats and lost a 16-game hitting streak, dating back to May 10 at Tennessee.
The series continues Friday night with left-hander David Welch taking the hill against Suns' right-hander James McDonald. Coverage of the game begins at 5:50 pm central time and can be heard locally on SportsRadio 730 WUMP and through the internet at www.huntsvillestars.com and www.730ump.com.
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