Chattanooga, TN – The Huntsville Stars (26-23) hung on in the series finale against the Chattanooga Lookouts (24-26) despite an offensive burst in the last third of Sunday's ballgame. The Lookouts were able to cross two runs in the seventh, both charged to starter Cody Scarpetta (1-2), and then put up one more in the ninth before the door was closed by Jesus Sanchez.
The Stars scored all five runs off of starter Chris Withrow (1-5) and were paced by Anderson De La Rosa, Erik Komatsu and Angel Gonzalez, all with multi-hit games. The Lookouts bullpen combination of Justin Miller and Wilkin De La Rosa came in for a three innings, giving up just four hits and one walk.
The Stars had a consistent offense throughout the game, striking for a run in the first, two in fifth, and two in the seventh that would chase Withrow from the game. On the defensive side, Cody Scarpetta finally got the run support the team was lacking in his starts. He was able to pick up his first win of the season, going 6.1 innings giving up two runs on six hits. Scarpetta also struck out five batters and walked two. Jesus Sanchez came on in relief picking up his first save of the season in 2.2 innings of work, giving up one run on three hits.
With the win, the Stars have won the series 4-1 and now lead the season series versus the Lookouts, 6-4. The Stars return home to Joe Davis Stadium to host the first-place Tennessee Smokies (Double-A - Cubs) for a five-game series. The Stars, who trail the Smokies by 5.5 games in the standings, will put RHP Wily Peralta (2-5, 5.79 ERA) on the mound for game one. First pitch is scheduled for 6:43 p.m. CST.