HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In a game where they gave up sixteen hits, the Huntsville Stars fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
The Lookouts' hit barrage began translating into runs in the third inning. Left fielder Nick Buss led off the frame with a single and then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Stars starting pitcher Josh Stinson. After a walk to first baseman J.T Wise, a RBI single by third baseman C.J Retherford scored to give Chattanooga their first run. A RBI single by Buss in the fourth inning then made the score 2-0.
In the bottom half the fourth, the Stars cut the Lookouts deficit in half. The inning started with back-to-back singles by second baseman Scooter Gennett and left fielder Brock Kjeldgaard. Gennett late scored on a RBI single by Hainley Statia to make it a 2-1 game.
After Chattanooga came right back with two runs in the fifth inning, the Stars answered with two runs of their own in the sixth. Shortstop Jean Segura led off the inning with a single and was joined on the base paths by first baseman Hunter Morris after a two-out walk. The next-at bat, a throwing error by Lookouts shortstop Jake Lemmerman on a Statia grounder allowed both Segura and Morris to score to cut the Chatanooga lead to 4-3.
Unfortunately, that was the final run that Huntsville would score. Chattanooga starting pitcher Allen Webster silenced the Stars bats, improving to 5-8 on the year after giving up just three runs (one earned) on six hits over seven innings. Reliever Steve Ames notched his second save in as many games and 13th on the season with a scoreless ninth.
For Huntsville, Stinson took the loss, falling to 11-6 on the season after giving up four runs on ten hits in 4.1 innings of work. The loss was the Stars fourth in their last five games.
On offense, both Segura and Kjeldgaard went 2-for-4 at the plate. Morris also hit his league-leading 34th double on the year in the second inning.
Game four of a five game series will take place on Wednesday. Newly acquired starting pitcher Johnny Hellweg (5-10, 3.41 ERA with AA-Angels in 2012) is slated to make his Huntsville Stars debut on the mound. First pitch is at 6:43 PM.