Resurgent Stars Take Double-Header from Chattanooga

(HUNTSVILLE) - Patrick Ryan won his second straight game in relief and Mat Gamel came out of a deep 3-for-45 slump to drive in four runs with a single and a double, as the Huntsville Stars took two from the Chattanooga Lookouts at Joe Davis Stadium, Wednesday night, 5-3 and 11-6.

The Stars won their 3rd straight game, signaling signs of breaking out of a deep cold spell in which they hit a modest .259 in July, and .234 in the first nine games of August and their first losing month (11-16) since June 2007.

Huntsville had a 3-run 3rd inning in the first game, and a 4-run 4th inning and 5-run 6th in the nightcap. In their 3-game win streak, the Stars have scored 29 runs on 40 hits, hitting .417.

Milwaukee's No. 1 draft choice of 2007, Jeremy Jeffress, lasted only 2 1/3 innings in his debut with the Stars, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.

Second baseman Justin Turner, the second batter to face him in the game, hit his 7th home run of the year in the first inning to give Chattanooga a 1-0 jump. After walking the first three hitters to face him in the 3rd, Turner then singled to center to drive in Chris Denove giving the Lookouts a 2-1 lead.

Patrick Ryan shut the door after Turner's single and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

The Stars came back from that 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the 3rd to score three runs, highlighted by Cole Gillespie's 2-run, 2-out double and capped by Chris Errecart's RBI single. Angel Salome singled in Michael Brantley in the 4th for the Stars final run, giving them a 5-2 lead.

Mike Jones started game two for the Stars and was victimized by control problems as well.

In the 3rd, Jones walked a pair of batters to load the bases. With two out, Eric Eymann singled in two runs to give the Lookouts a 3-2 lead. Jones retired B.J. Szymanski on a grounder to end the inning, but he was done after giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks in 3 innings.

The Stars then would get their big innings for Donovan Hand (2-4), scoring four in the 4th and five in the 6th.

Alcides Escobar doubled in Guilder Rodriguez and Michael Brantley with the bases-loaded. Escobar then scored on a Salome sacrifice fly and Gamel would drive in Escobar with a single to left.

Tonys Gutierrez hit a 3-run home run to tie the game at six in the top of the 5th, but the Stars answered back with five more capped by Gamel's bases-clearing double in the 6th.

Gillespie and pinch-hitter Freddy Parejo chipped in with RBI singles to give the Stars the 11-6 advantage.

Robert Hinton, in his first relief appearance since June 22, pitched a perfect seventh.

Alcides Escobar went 4-for-6 in the twin-bill to raise his average to .347, 2nd in the league behind Salome's .349, and extend his hitting streak to 9 games. Escobar has gone 18-for-33 during his streak. Salome finished 3-for-5 with a pair of walks.

The two teams will be back in action tonight as hard-luck hurler Brae Wright (6-9, 3.40) will start for Huntsville opposite Chattanooga's Sam LeCure (9-6, 3.67).