Stars Offense Explodes in 13-7 Win Over WT

(JACKSON, Tenn.) - The Stars, slumbering offensively since the Southern League All-Star break, put on their best offensive display in a month to outpower the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 13-7, in the final game of their five-game series.

Angel Salome and Alcides Escobar -- 1-2 in the Southern League batting race -- combined for seven of the Stars' 15 hits, while Salome, hitting behind Escobar, drove in 5 runs.

The win stopped a three-game slide, but the Diamond Jaxx came out ahead in the series, winning three games, as well as taking the season series (12-9) for the 5th season in a row.

The Stars, who missed out on numerous scoring chances in Saturday's 4-3 loss, wasted no time jumping on Brodie Downs for 3 runs in the 1st inning on a two-run double by Salome and an RBI grounder by Mat Gamel, who went 0-for-3, dropping his season average to .333.

Alexandre Periard worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the inning by getting catcher Gabe Johnson to pop out, but they put a run across in the 3rd, and a pair in the 5th and 6th innings to tie the game at five.

Periard was lifted with a 5-3 lead, allowing 4 hits, walking 3, and hitting 2 batters over 5 innings, but Patrick Ryan (4-5) taking over in the 6th, gave up the 2-out, RBI single by Marshall Hubbard that tied the game.

Doug Fister, who relieved Downs after six innings, took his league-leading 14th loss of the season by allowing a 2-out RBI single to Salome that put the Stars ahead to stay in the top of the 7th.

Fister opened the floodgates for Huntsville, giving up a 2-run triple to Lorenzo Cain in the 7th to make it 8-5 and a 2-run double to Salome in the 8th. Salome's double keyed a 5-run inning that put the game out of reach.

The 13 runs scored by the Stars were the most they had put up in a game since a 15-4 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts on July 9.

Gillespie, Mike Bell and Michael Brantley each chipped in with two hits. Bell became the 6th Huntsville Star to hit the 100-hit mark for the season. No Stars team has had that happen since 1996.

The Stars will take a rest Monday with the rest of the league and await Chattanooga at Joe Davis Stadium, Tuesday. Right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, the Brewers' #1 draft choice in 2006, makes his debut for the Stars against Lookouts' left-hander Travis Wood (2-7, 7.13).