May 14, 2013 - Southern League (SL) - Huntsville Stars
In a highly anticipated pitchers duel, Taylor Jungmann outdueled Alex Wood and three Stars pitchers combined for their second shutout of the season, blanking the M-Braves 5-0 on Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.
Jungmann, who gave up a run in six innings during his return from the disabled list a week ago, bettered that built off the momentum on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old righty improved to 3-4 on the year by shutting out the M-Braves through six innings of work, giving up just four hits while striking two for his second straight victory. Over his last two starts, the Brewers second-ranked prospect has given up just one earned run over the span of 12.0 innings pitched.
On offense, the Stars put Jungmann in line for the victory in the third inning.
With one out, second basemen Nick Shaw hit a double off of Wood. After a wild pitch advanced Shaw to third, shortstop Ozzie Chavez knocked him in with a RBI groundout to make the score 1-0. For Wood, the earned run was his first given up in 32.0 innings, the longest streak in all of minor league baseball.
After a sacrifice fly from Stars third basemen Shea Vucinich made the score 2-0, a RBI triple from catcher Robinzon Diaz put Huntsville up by three in the sixth inning. That would be the final run given up from Wood, as he was chased from the game after the inning.
Even with a quality start (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 2 BB), the seventh-ranked prospect in the Braves organization fell to 2-2 on the year with the loss.
In the eighth inning, the Stars tacked on two more runs against M-Braves lefty Chasen Shreve. Following a single from first basemen Jason Rogers, left fielder Brock Kjeldgaard hit a towering two-run homer well over the left-field wall to make the score 5-0. The blast, which was Kjeldgaard's sixth of the year, was estimated at around 450 feet.
With Jungmann out of the game after the sixth, releivers Greg Holle and Thomas Keeling combined to blank the M-Braves offense for the final three innings to nail down the win. The shutout was the second of the season for the Stars pitching, both of them coming in a span of eight games.
The win for the Stars improves their road record to 10-8 on the year. They have now won four of their last six games away from Joe Davis Stadium, and have won four of their last seven games overall.
In game four of a five-game series, the Stars will have a chance to win their first series in over a month by sending RHP Andy Moye (1-4, 6.21 ERA) to the bump. He will face off against M-Braves RHP Gus Schlosser (4-1, 3.50 ERA). First pitch is at 7:00 PM.