July 3, 2013 - Southern League (SL) - Huntsville Stars
Coming within two outs of the giving the Huntsville Stars their second no-hitter in 11 months, starting pitcher Andy Moye dazzled on the hill and sent the home crowd happy with a one-hitter and a 2-0 win on Wednesday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
The 25-year-old righty improved to 4-9 on the season after giving a sole single to Lookouts second basemen Rafael Ynoa with one-out in the ninth inning, leaving the ballgame after that point while striking out two batters and walking three in the process. Righty Kevin Shackelford relieved Moye after a standing ovation and retired two of the last three batters of the game without a hit for his first save of the season, giving the Stars pitching staff their third one-hitter of the season and a 2-0 victory.
For Moye, it was the second time he was part of a one-hitter this season against the Chattanooga Lookouts. In his Double-A debut on April 7th at AT&T Field, Moye gave up one run on one hit as part of a seven-inning, one-hit, 3-1 victory against the Lookouts in game two of a doubleheader that day.
The other one-hitter this season for the Stars happened was on April 21st when four Huntsville hurlers combined to hold the Birmingham Barons to one hit at Regions Field.
In regards to no-hitters, the last time the Stars pitchers threw a no-hitter was on August 2nd of last year, as five Stars hurlers combined to hold the lookouts hitless while walking 11 batters en route to a 3-1 victory against the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Stars last complete-game no-hitter was by David Welsh on June 2nd, 2008 against the Chattanooga Lookouts as well.
On offense, the Stars got all the run support they needed on a solo homer from outfielder Brock Kjeldgaard against Lookouts righty Steve Smith (L, 1-2).
In the sixth inning, the Stars put together a two-out rally to manufacture the final run of the ballgame. After second basemen Nick Shaw singled off of reliever Greg Infante and stole second base, first basemen Jason Rogers knocked him in with a RBI single to make the score 2-0.
Those three hits by Kjeldgaard, Shaw and Rogers were the only hits for the Stars bats on the night.
The victory for the Stars clinches their first series victory since a three-game set that was shortened by rain against the Jackson Generals at Pringles Park on May 28-30th. Overall, the Stars are now 9-6 against the Lookouts this season.
Wednesday's game was in front of a season-high 6,182 fans at Joe Davis Stadium.
On Thursday, the Stars will hit the road to start a five-game series at Smokies Park against the Tennessee Smokies. Huntsville will send RHP Drew Gagnon (1-3, 7.54 ERA) to the bump to try to continue the momentum. Tennessee will counter with LHP Eric Jokisch (6-7, 3.33 ERA). First pitch is 7:15 ET.