(HUNTSVILLE) - Chris Errecart's solo home run on an 0-1 pitch in the bottom of the 9th gave the Stars a 10-9 victory in completion of Sunday's suspended 9-9 contest.
The win is the Stars' 16th this month, tying a club record for April. The Stars are now 16-8, and remain a game in back of the Northern Division-leading Carolina Mudcats.
Errecart homered after just four pitches were thrown in this morning's game. He connected off Jacksonville reliever Tanyon Sturtze, who once pitched for the Stars in 1992 and 1993. Sturtze came in to relieve Zach Hammes in the bottom of the 9th.
Juan Sandoval inherited Joe Bateman's 2-2 count on Rene Rivera and struck him out swinging. After Mat Gamel grounded out on Sturtze's first pitch in the bottom of the inning, Errecart connected on Sturtze's 0-1 pitch to end the ballgame.
It was a quiet end to a tense 9th inning for the Stars on Sunday when Bateman was just one out away from saving a 9-8 game for Ben Stanczyk, who pitched a scoreless 8th for Huntsville.
After Bateman retired the first two hitters in the 9th, left fielder Bobby Malek and shortstop Ivan DeJesus on just five pitches, Juan Gonzalez fouled off three 2-0 pitches, then was hit -- painfully -- by a 3-0 pitch. Shane Justis came out of the dugout to run for Gonzalez.
At that point, the skies opened up and Bateman, hurrying to finish the game, served up a here-it-is-and-hit-it pitch to James Tomlin. That's exactly what he did.
Pinch-hitting for Adam LaRoche, Tomlin reached on an infield single to Alcides Escobar, who could not get a grip on a hard-hit grounder to his right side. That moved Gonzalez to second.
Then Bateman hit Lukas May with his first pitch and the bases were loaded. Rene Rivera, who was coaching at first base for the Suns, was called up to hit for Hammes, who gave up all five of the Stars' runs in the 7th and 8th innings.
On an 0-1 pitch in a torrential downpour, Bateman flung a wild pitch that went to the backstop. Gonzalez scored the tying run. Two pitches later, rain forced the umpires to call the game.
Gamel tied a record by hitting two triples. The first, in the 6th inning, snapped a 2-2 tie for the Stars. The second, coming in the 7th inning with two men on, helped bring the Stars back after Lukas May's grand-slam HR in the top of the inning gave the Suns an 8-4 lead. Freddy Parejo's two-run triple to center tied the game back up, 8-8 after Gamel made it 8-6.
Huntsville starter Brae Wright lasted 5 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 9 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5. Juan Castillo started for Jacksonville and went 5 1/3, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. Castillo struck out 5.
Sandoval, who threw just one pitch in the top of the 9th, got the win -- his first in his second appearance for the Huntsville Stars. Sturtze, who was picked up as a minor league free agent by the Dodgers during the off-season, got the loss.