HUNTSVILLE – After shutting out the Smokies in Game 1, the Stars doubled up and did the same in the second game of a double header with a 5-0 win at Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium in Huntsville on Saturday night.
The Stars (15-14, 61-38) moved ahead of the Smokies (14-15, 47-51) by one game in the second half standings with the victory. The loss also dropped Tennessee to two games back of first place Birmingham in the second half race.
A two run double from Shea Vucinich highlighted a three run and three hit Huntsville second. Vucinich’s double followed a Robinzon Diaz single and a Kentrail Davis walk. Vucinich later scored on a single from Stars starter Eric Marzec and Huntsville took a 4-0 lead.
Marzec had the RBI hit and allowed just one hit over four scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out one in a no decision.
Smokies starter Eduardo Figueroa (0-1, 4.41) allowed four runs on seven hits over three and 1/3 innings pitched and took the loss. He walked three and struck out four while suffering his first loss of the season.
Reliever Tanner Poppe (1-1, 3.27) worked a scoreless fifth and was awarded the win. He did not allow a run, walked one and struck out two.
Tommy Toledo and Kevin Shackelford also appeared out of the pen for the Stars in the victory. Toledo gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two.
Relievers Jeff Lorick and Lendy Castillo wrapped things up for the Smokies. Lorick pitched one and 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out one in his appearance. Castillo allowed an unearned run and one hit in the sixth inning.
Tennessee stranded six men on base in game 2 of the double header. They were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and had three hits in the loss. Stephen Bruno collected two of the three hits and was 2-for-3 in the game.