While it may not have been in as dramatic of a fashion as the previous night, the Huntsville Stars came back to beat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos by a score of 7-4 on Sunday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
A night after pulling off an improbable four-run comeback against the Blue Wahoos in the 11th inning, the Stars fell into an early deficit against Pensacola on Sunday. To begin the first inning, shortstop Billy Hamilton reached on an error and right fielder Josh Fellhauer drew a walk against Stars starter Josh Stinson. After Hamilton stole second and reached third on a wild pitch, an RBI single by center fielder Ryan LaMarre plated the speedster to make the score 1-0. Later in the inning, a RBI groundout by third baseman David Vidal scored Fellhauer to give Pensacola a 2-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Stars quickly cut the Blue Wahoos lead in half. Following a one-out single by center fielder Josh Prince, a RBI double by Adam Weisenburger made the score 2-1.
With the score the same in the bottom of the fourth Huntsville took their first lead of the ballgame. The frame began as right fielder Brock Kjeldgaard doubled and first baseman Hunter Morris drew a walk against Pensacola starter Kyle Lotzkar. The next at-bat, Prince doubled home both Morris and Kjeldgaard to give the Stars a one-run lead.
However, that lead would not last for long. With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Pensacola first baseman Beau Mills began a rally with a double. After another double by Vidal drove him in, a RBI triple by second baseman Brodie Green scored Vidal to make the score 4-3. From that point on, it was all Stars.
In the sixth inning, a sacrifice fly from Weisenburger tied up the game at 4-4.
In the seventh inning, the Stars took a peculiar route to go ahead for good. With Blue Wahoos reliever Josh Ravin in the game, shortstop Jean Segura drew a walk and second baseman Scooter Gennett singled to begin the surge. After a fielders choice by Kjeldgaard retired Segura, a wild pitch by Ravin put Gennett and Kjeldgaard in scoring position for Morris. In an attempt to intentionally walk Morris via a pitchout, Ravin threw two straight wild pitches to score both Gennett and Kjeldgaard to give the Stars a 6-4 lead.
A sacrifice fly by Segura in the eighth inning gave the Stars their final insurance run on the night.
On the pitching side, Stars reliever Brian Garman earned his first Double-A win, improving to 1-0 with two innings of scoreless relief for the victory. Closer Brandon Kintzler sent the Blue Wahoos down in order in the ninth inning for his eighth save on the year.
On offense, Prince led the way, recording his second straight multi-hit game by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBI. With the victory the Stars have now won four out of their last five games.
The Stars look to continue their hot-hitting ways tomorrow with game four of five against Pensacola at 6:43 p.m. RHP Johnny Hellweg looks to a strong outing following his one-hit, five inning outing last Wednesday.