(HUNTSVILLE) - Carlos Corporan's 2nd inning double to drive in Chris Errecart would be all Brae Wright and three relievers needed, Sunday at Joe Davis Stadium, to give the Stars a 1-0 victory over the Mississippi Braves.
Brae Wright, EJ Shanks, Rusty Tucker and Robert Hinton combined to toss a five-hit shutout, as Huntsville is off to their best start since 1995. The Stars are now 4-0 for the first time since sweeping Chattanooga thirteen years ago, and are a win away from their best start in history.
The Stars have outscored the Braves, 19-6 in this series, and held the visitors to 18 hits.
Chris Errecart lined a 3-1 pitch to left off Mississippi starter Jairo Cuevas to start the 2nd inning and scored two outs later when Carlos Corporan lined his first pitch to the fence in left-center to drive him in.
Cuevas worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 4th to close his double-A debut, but the Braves could not get anyone around, thanks partially to three double plays from the Stars' defense.
Huntsville starter Brae Wright was economical with his pitches, throwing only 30 through three innings, but was gone with two out in the 6th after walking three batters and loading the bases. After four games, the Stars' rotation has allowed just 2 earned runs on 12 hits in 21 2/3 innings of work.
E.J. Shanks, who had a 10.80 ERA at home last year, came in and put out the fire, retiring Kala Ka'aihue on a fly ball to center.
Rusty Tucker, in relief of Shanks, stranded runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 8th before Robert Hinton retired Jordan Schafer, the Braves' top minor league prospect, on a fly ball to left, then retired the side in the 9th for his 2nd save of the season.
The series wraps up tonight at 7:05 with Sam Narron on the mound for the Stars facing Dustin Evans.