Mississippi starting pitcher David Hale outdueled Stars righty Hiram Burgos as the Braves shutout the Stars 1-0 in the finale of a six-game series at Joe Davis Stadium on Wednesday night.
Throughout the entire game, both pitchers were absolutely spectacular.
For Burgos, he earned a no-decision after pitching seven innings of scoreless baseball, giving up just four hits while striking out six batters. The 24-year-old was perfect through three innings. He stranded runners in scoring position in two of the last three innings he pitched to improve his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 12 innings. Burgos has now only given up a run in one of his last 19 innings pitched, dating back to his last three starts.
However, Hale was even better. The Marietta, Georgia product improved to 4-3 on the season by throwing eight scoreless innings while giving up just four hits and striking out a career-high 11 batters. Hale also only let two runners past second base and has pitched 14 consecutive scoreless innings against the Stars.
Hale was able to earn the win in the bottom of the eighth inning as the M-Braves scored their only run of the ballgame. With reliever Jesus Sanchez in the game for the Stars, shortstop Barrett Kleinknecht singled to begin the frame. After Hale sacrificed Kleinknecht into scoring position, an RBI single by second baseman Phil Gosselin plated the eventual game-winning run.
In the ninth, the Stars put the potential game-tying runner on base with a two-out single by first baseman Hunter Morris off of closer Mark Lamm. However, Lamm got shortstop Tommy Manzella to fly out to right field the next at-bat on a diving catch by right fielder Keenan Wiley to end the ballgame. For Lamm, the save was his seventh of the season.
For the Stars, Sanchez was tabbed with his first defeat of the season after giving up the run in the eighth, falling to 3-1 on the season. The shutout loss was also the fifth time Huntsville has been blanked in a game this season.
On offense, right fielder Kentrail Davis led the way for the Stars with a 2-for-3 night at the plate.