(MOBILE) - Derek Miller, Robert Hinton, Patrick Ryan and Juan Sandoval combined on a five-hit shutout as the Huntsville Stars blanked Mobile, 3-0, at Hank Aaron Stadium, Tuesday night.
The shutout was the 2nd for the Stars' pitching staff this season. They improve to 32-20, but remain in 2nd place in the Southern League's Northern Division after the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx beat Mississippi, 4-1.
The Stars collected a whopping 17 hits and 3 walks to get their comparatively slight run total. They had at least one hit in every inning off three Mobile pitchers. But they stranded 10 runners and hit into five double plays - matching a club record set in 1986 against Knoxville.
The Stars scored their first run for Derek Miller in the 3rd inning. Michael Brantley led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a single to left by Mat Gamel, who knocked in his 43rd run of the season. All but three of the Stars' 17 hits were singles.
The Stars added their 2nd run in the 6th inning when Mike Bell walked with one out and scored on Cole Gillespie's double.
Mobile starter Brooks Brown (2-6) was taken out after six. He was charged with 2 runs on 11 hits, while walking 3 and fanning one. He is winless in 5 starts at home.
Cole Gillespie singled in Chris Errecart with the Stars' 3rd run after Errecart led off with a double.
Miller (5-1) stranded Mobile runners at second and third in the 1st inning but cruised through the rest of the way, giving up just two hits, lowering his ERA to 3.12, best among the Stars' rotation hurlers.
Sandoval took over in the 9th and gave up a one-out double to Cyle Hankerd and walked Frank Currerri before getting Orlando Mercado to ground out and striking out pinch-hitter Greg Thompson to end the game with his 5th save.
Wednesday night, the Stars send southpaw David Welch (6-1, 3.99) to the mound against BayBears' right-hander Tony Barnette (3-5, 5.91).