To wrap up their five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium, the Huntsville Stars fell to the Birmingham Barons by a score of 5-1 on Sunday.
Highlighting the ballgame was a Major League rehab start for the Barons from starting pitcher Jake Peavy. The former NL Cy Young Award winner threw five innings, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out four batters en route to his first win in the Southern League since 2002. Peavy is rehabbing from a fractured rib that he suffered on June 5th.
Birmingham ensured the victory for Peavy when three relievers combined to shutout and no-hit the Stars bats through the final four innings of the game. Righty Salavdor Sanchez tossed two frames while Kevin Vance and Taylor Thompson sent down the Huntsville offense in order during the eighth and ninth innings respectively.
On offense, the Stars only run came on a two-out rally in the third inning off of Peavy. After a single from outfielder Chadwin Stang, second basemen Nick Shaw lined a double down the right-field line to score Stang all the way from first.
The Barons got all the offense they needed in the second inning against Stars starting pitcher Andy Moye. Following a leadoff walk from first basemen Dan Black, outfielder Jared Mitchell lofted a two-run homer over the right-field wall to put the Barons on the board.
In the fourth inning, the Barons continued that momentum as designated hitter Brandon Short hit a solo homer of his own and third basemen David Herdek ripped an RBI single to make the score 4-1.
For insurance purposes, the Barons tacked on another run in the eighth inning on a solo homer by Black against Stars reliever Arcenio Leon.
With the loss, Moye fell to 4-10 on the year, giving up four runs on five hits in four innings while striking out and walking three batters each.
In a losing effort, Shaw paced the offensive attack with two hits, while Stang, third basemen Shea Vucinich and first basemen Mike Walker chipped in with one hit each.
The season-series between the Stars and Barons is now finished, in which the Barons won each of the four series and 14 of the 20 games overall.
On Thursday, Stars will continue their second-half schedule after the Southern League All-Star game with the opener of a five-game set against the Pensacola BlueWahoos at Pensacola BayFront Stadium.