Stars Shutout Smokies Again in Game 2

Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover

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.

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Author:Greg Young

Greg Young brings five years of Minor League Baseball experience to the Smokies Radio Network, having previously served with the High-A Modesto Nuts of the California League. He began with the Nuts as a Broadcast Assistant in 2007 before being promoted as the team's new Director of Broadcasting the following year, a position he held through the 2011 campaign. During his time with Modesto, Young also worked at KESP AM-790 as a Sports Anchor. Over the years he has worked as a broadcaster for Comcast Hometown Network and their coverage of the San Jose Giants (High-A, California League) and Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), in addition to high school football and basketball. Young began his broadcasting career with the Major Indoor Soccer League's California Cougars in 2006 and was the club's inaugural broadcaster before being promoted to Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting the next year. Young is a 2005 graduate of Sacramento State University, earning a Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Media. During his senior year, Young was Sports Director for the university's student-run radio radio station KSSU, and also did play-by-play for the school's baseball, football and basketball teams while attending Sacramento State.


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