Stars Silenced By Barons
After scoring 18 runs during their first two games against the Birmingham Barons, the Stars managed just four hits and a run on Monday afternoon in a 3-1 loss at Regions Field.
For the Barons, the story of the game was starting pitcher Erik Johnson. The 4th ranked prospect in the White Sox organization shutout the Stars through seven innings, giving up just three hits while striking out ten hitters and only walking one. The ten punchouts for Johnson was the most for a Barons starting pitcher since Andre Rienzo did so in August of last year against the Stars.
Johnson improved to 2-0 on the season with the win.
For the Stars, starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann was tabbed with the hard-pressed loss. The 2nd ranked prospect in the Brewers system gave up just one run and five hits over six innings to fall to 1-3 on the year. Jungmann has now not given up a run in nine of his last eleven innings pitched over the last two starts (0-2).
The only run that Jungmann gave up was in the second inning. The 23-year-old righty walked designated hitter Andy Wilkins to begin the inning and then give up back-to-back singles to first basemen Dan Black and second basemen Tyler Saladino. One batter later, a RBI groundout from catcher Miguel Gonzalez scored Wilkins to make the score 1-0. Jungmann then got left fielder Michael Earley to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end inning without any further damage.
After Jungmann exited before the seventh inning, Stars reliever Santo Manzanillo gave up a run in each of the two innings that he pitched to give the Barons a 3-0 lead going into the ninth inning. For Manzanillo, he has now given up a run in his last three appearances.
With Barons reliever Kevin Vance in the game, the Stars mounted their only real rally in the ninth inning. Following three walks to right fielder Kentrail Davis, third basemen Mike Walker and left fielder Brock Kjeldgaard, a RBI single from center fielder Rene Tosoni made the score 3-1 and kept the bases loaded with just one out. Vance then buckled down and got catcher Adam Weisenburger and designated hitter T.J Mittelstaedt to pop up to end the game and earn his first save of the year.
On offense, the Stars struck out 11 times in total, their fourth straight game with double-digit punchouts. Huntsville got a hit apiece from Tosoni, Kjeldgaard, Weisenburger and second basemen Nick Shaw.
The loss for the Stars snapped their four-game road winning streak and two-game overall winning streak.
The Stars and Barons will play game four of their five-game series at Regions Park on Tuesday night. Huntsville will send RHP Andy Moye (1-0, 4.61 ERA) to the bump to square off against Birmingham RHP Scott Snodgress (2-1, 4.24 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 PM.
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