SUTER LEADS STARS TO FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
Jacksonville,FL-HuntsvilleStars lefty Brent Suter(1-0) pitched five effective innings leading the Stars,the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers past the Jacksonville Suns, theDouble-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins 8-2. With the win, the Stars(4-1) won their fourth straight game and sent theSuns(1-4) to their fourth straight defeat. The Stars also took four out of five from Jacksonville in the seasonopening series.
Suter, who was making hisDouble-A debut, worked five innings allowing just two hits on one run. He also struck out three.
The Stars offense backedSuter with plenty of offensive support early and often. In the first inning, D'Vontrey Richardson ledoff with an infield single against Suns starter Jose Urena(0-1). Richardson then stole second base andadvanced to third on a throwing error by catcher J.T. Realmuto. Nick Ramirez scored Richardson on a SAC Fly.
The Stars pulled away inthe second. They sent nine batters tothe plate scoring five times. Nick Shaw madeit 2-0 on his RBI single. Richardsonthen followed two batters later, by hitting a laser down the left field linescoring a pair of runs. Ramirez alsoadded a two run single in the five run second.
Kentrail Davis and ShawnZarraga also added RBI's in the fifth inning.
Richardson and Ramirezeach contributed two RBI's for the victories Stars who outhit Jacksonville10-3. Davis also had his fourth multiplehit game of the young season.
The only run Suter allowedwas in the fifth when opposing pitcher Robert Morrey lined a single intocenter. The Suns scored only once morewhich came against Stars reliever Casey Medlen in the sixth. Joe Benson hit his first homerun of theseason which made it 8-2.
The Stars will travel backto Huntsville, Alabama and have an off day Tuesday. Wednesday will be the home opener for theStars as they host the Pensacola Blue Wahoos(Double-A Affiliate of the CincinnatiReds). RHP Carlos Contreras(1-0, 0.00)will start for Pensacola while RHP Brooks Hall(0-1, 4.50) will start forHuntsville. The game can be heardstarting at 6:15 PM with Steve Jarnicki on 92.9 FM, 1450 AM WTKI and online atwww.wtkiradio.com