While they were able to make things interesting in the ninth inning by putting the potential game-tying run on base, the Huntsville Stars fell to the Tennessee Smokies by a score of 5-3 on Thursday night at Smokies Park. In his third start with the Stars, starting pitcher Ariel Pena took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits while walking seven in 3.2 innings to fall to 0-1 on the season.
Offensively, the Stars were led by second basemen Scooter Gennett. The 22-year-old went 3-for-3 with a double and a RBI for his fifth consecutive multi-hit game.
The Stars and Smokies will play game three of their five-game series starting at 7:15 PM on Friday.