Chattanooga, TN. – The Huntsville Stars (8-4) started their first losing streak of the 2011 season with a second consecutive loss to the Chattanooga Lookouts (8-4).
The Stars' offense only mustered up six hits, with outfielder Brandon Jones and first baseman Sean Halton ringing up two hits each. Halton extended his hit streak to 12 games, the only Southern League player to record a hit in every game of the 2011 season. Jones hit in the Stars only run, with a single to center field in the top of the eighth to score infielder Matt Cline. A lead-off single from Halton followed by a double off the bat of Jones was the only other time a Huntsville base runner advanced beyond first base.
On the other side, the Lookouts' offense stayed hot for the second consecutive night. Scott Van Slyke recorded three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run dinger off starter Dan Merklinger (1-1). Pedro Baez hit in Chattanooga's only other run with a double in the first inning. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles against the Stars.
Merklinger went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He didn't issue a walk while striking out five. Daren Byrd and Robert Hinton combined to close out the game, going 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit.
Lookouts starter Michael Antonini threw 6 innings, allowing just four hits. Reliever Mario Alvarez allowed the Stars lone run.
The Stars and Lookouts face off for game three tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. CST. The Stars return home on Saturday to open a five-game home stand against the Birmingham Barons.