Slumping Stars Lose Two to Montgomery

(HUNTSVILLE) - The slumping Huntsville Stars, who have hit just .201 over their last 10 games, dropped a double-header Tuesday night to the Montgomery Biscuits at Joe Davis Stadium, 2-1 and 4-2.

The Stars have lost 8 of their last 9 games, scoring just 19 runs in the process.

Mike Bell hit his 9th home run in the 2nd inning of the 1st game to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Chris Errecart followed with a line drive single to center, but the Stars could come up with only three hits the rest of the way.

Chris Nowak unlocked a 1-1 game with a one-out home run to left off Patrick Ryan (3-5) in the 8th inning.

Huntsville starter Brae Wright gave up a run on a fielder's choice grounder in the 3rd. He gave up 6 hits in 7 innings, striking out 7.

The Montgomery pitching combination of Jeremy Hellickson, Ryan Reid, and Neal Frontz struck out 11 and walked two.

In his five starts this month, Wright has thrown 35 innings and allowed 10 earned runs but the Stars have scored only 7 runs while he has been on the hill.

The Stars are 2-8 in extra innings.

Josh Asanovich hit a 2-run single that keyed a 4-run rally in the 5th inning of the nightcap. The runs came off Ben Howard, making his debut with the Stars.

Howard was sent down from Nashville, Monday, when Donovan Hand was placed on the disabled list.

The Stars came back with a 2-run homer by Lorenzo Cain, his first with the Stars, but it was one of only three hits held to Huntsville by Montgomery starter Steve Andrade, making his first career start after 283 relief outings.

David Johnson made the spot start for Huntsville, his first since May 28, 2005, allowing just one hit over 4 innings, striking out 5 and walking one.

The Stars drop to 18-20, four games behind 1st place Carolina. Montgomery is 21-16, 3½ games behind 1st place Mississippi in the Southern Division. The Stars play host to Mississippi this weekend.

The series continues Wednesday night with left-hander David Welch going for his 11th win against Biscuits' southpaw Jino Gonzalez (2-3, 4.37).