A night after giving up 12 runs in a loss, the Huntsville Stars fell to the Birmingham Barons by a score of 14-3 on Sunday afternoon at Joe Davis Stadium.
Surprisingly, the Stars got out to the early lead in the third inning. To begin the frame, catcher Adam Weisenburger walked and center fielder Josh Prince singled against Barons starter Spencer Arroyo. With runners on first and second, a throwing error by Birmingham third baseman Eric Morrison on a grounder by shortstop Tommy Manzella plated both Weisenburger and Prince to make the score 2-0. Manzella was then brought home on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Scooter Gennett to give the Stars a 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Stars, the scoring stopped for them there and began for the Barons, as they went on to score 14 unanswered runs to end the game.
In the top half of the fourth inning, the Barons were able to bat around against Stars starter Johnnie Lowe. After Lowe struck out the side in two of his first three innings against the Barons, he walked three of the first four batters to begin the fourth. Following a wild pitch by Lowe that allowed right fielder Jared Mitchell to score from third, a single by Morrison and bases-loaded walk drawn by catcher Luis Sierra cut the Stars lead to 3-2. With the bases still loaded the next at-bat, center fielder Kenny Williams Jr. hit a moonshot over the right field wall for a grand slam, giving Birmingham a 6-3 lead.
With two more runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the eighth inning off Stars reliever Brian Garman, Birmingham put the exclamation point on the game in the ninth inning against RHP R.J Seidel. First baseman Andy Wilkins drew a walk to begin the inning, followed by back-to-back homers from left fielder Brady Shoemaker and Morrison to put the final score at 14-3.
On the pitching side, Arroyo improved to 4-0 on the season with the Barons after giving up three runs in five innings of work.
For the Stars, Lowe fell to 0-1 on the year with the loss, giving up six runs on just three hits in 3.2 innings of work against his old team. The former White Sox farmhand also struck out six batters while also walking six. As a team, the Stars have now given up 26 runs in their last two games.
At the plate, the Stars were led by first baseman Hunter Morris who paced the bunch with three hits, including his league-leading 30th double on the season. Third baseman Hainley Statia also chipped in with two hits.
Game three of a four-game series with the Barons will continue on Monday as the Stars will send RHP Hiram Burgos (4-1, 1.84 ERA) to the mound. First pitch is at 6:43 PM.