(JACKSON, TENN.) - On the road for the first time this season, the Huntsville Stars also lost their first game of the season following their first five-game winning streak in their history.
Jon Nelson drove in 3 runs and Adam Moore knocked in a pair to support starter Doug Fister in West Tenn's 9-6 win over Huntsville Wednesday night at Pringles Park. Despite the loss, the Stars maintain their lead in the Northern division by one game over Carolina.
The Diamond Jaxx evened their record at 3-3 by winning their home opener.
Steve Hammond, who pitched brilliantly on Opening Night, struggled from the outset and gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning and was gone after four.
Michael Saunders set up the D'Jaxx 3-run 1st with a double to left. After moving to third on a ground out, Saunders scored the first run on Moore's single. A double by Shawn Garrett, who played last year for Birmingham, and a walk to Prentice Redman loaded the bases.
After Marshall Hubbard forced out the runner at the plate, Nelson singled to center to drive in two runs and make it a 3-0 game. The Diamond Jaxx never lost the lead, and scored in every inning but the 2nd and the 7th with the benefit of 12 hits and 7 walks.
Hammond, who was scored on in the 1st inning in 11 of his 26 starts last season, has been scored upon in both of his starts this season.
Doug Fister (7-8, 4.60 for the Diamond Jaxx last year) threw four shutout innings before the Stars got on the board in the 5th on a run-scoring ground out by Angel Salome, playing in his first game for the Stars following the completion of a 50-game suspension.
Designated hitter Ryan Crew, a sub for most of last season, went 4-for-4 in his first start batting in the nine hole -- his first four-hit game as a Huntsville Star, but the first four batters in the Stars lineup went a collective 1-for-18.
Hubbard and Luis Valbuena homered for the Diamond Jaxx.
The Stars had allowed only two home runs and 11 runs total in the first five games of the season before tonight.
The series continues tonight at The Big Chip with left-hander Derek Miller taking the mound for the Stars against Diamond Jaxx right-hander Rich Dorman.