HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- In the finale of a rain shortened four-game series with the Mississippi Braves, the Huntsville Stars lost by a score of 5-1 in front of a packed house on Tuesday at Joe Davis Stadium.
Beginning in the first inning, the Mississippi Bats were able to get to Stars starter Hiram Burgos in his Double-A debut as an RBI triple by catcher Evan Gattis gave the M-Braves a 1-0 lead.
Just one inning later, the Braves first three batters reached base. An RBI single by left fielder Corey Harrilchak and then a two-run double by right fielder Keenan Wiley brought home all three runners to go up by a score of 4-0.
Other than that blemish, Burgos was one of the bright spots for the Stars on Tuesday. Despite getting tagged with his first Double-A loss, the 24-year-old righty pitched six innings, giving up four runs and six hits while striking out five batters. In addition to that, Burgos also retired the final 14 batters he faced.
Unfortunately for Burgos and the rest of the Stars, the M-Braves were able to win their second straight game on the heels of another brilliant pitching performance by their starting pitcher.
Following an outing where LHP Sean Gilmartin threw six shutout innings on Monday night, RHP David Hale pitched six innings of two-hit scoreless baseball to improve to 3-2 on the season.
On offense, the Stars only were able to manage four hits and a run in the eighth inning as catcher Anderson De La Rosa scored from third on a wild pitch by Braves reliever Ryan Buchter. Prior to that run, the Huntsville offense had been held scoreless for their previous 17 innings.
The loss snapped a streak of three consecutive series wins for the Stars.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Stars will hit the road for five games starting Thursday as they open up a series with the Chattanooga Lookouts. First pitch is at 6:15 PM.