Missed Opportunities Cost Generals in Loss to Stars

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Generals strand a season-high 14 base runners in loss

JACKSON, Tenn. (May 29, 2013) - In a game where base runners were plentiful, the Generals (23-27) fell Wednesday night to the Huntsville Stars (23-29) 6-5 to even the series. The Generals rallied from five runs down to pull within one, but Jackson was 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position and 14 runners stranded was too much to overcome. It was the 24th one-run loss of the season and 13th game in which the Generals out-hit their opponent in a losing affair.

Brock Kjeldgaard jump started the Stars’ offense in the second frame with a one-out double. The Stars’ designated hitter Robinzon Diaz doubled Kjeldgaard in for the early lead. With one on, two out, Shawn Zarraga singled to center to give the Stars a 2-0 upper hand.

The Generals’ would cut the lead in half after aggressive base running and situational hitting. After Jack Marder (0-4, R, BB) reached first on a walk and stole second to put himself in scoring position. Generals’ catcher Mike Dowd (1-4, RBI, R) laced an RBI single just inside the right field line to score Marder. Through four innings, the Stars led the Generals 2-1.

After the Generals situational hitting in the fourth, the Stars retaliated with some situational hitting of their own by pushing three more runs across in the top of the fifth to increase lead to four.

The Stars’ continued to shine as third basemen Mike Walker showed his power in the sixth. Walker homered to straight away center to insure the Stars’ 6-1.

In the eighth, Jackson stranded their 13th base runner on the night. In addition, the Generals were unproductive with the bases loaded twice, but the third time was successful courtesy of a James Jones (2-5, 2 RBI) two-RBI single. With the pond full, Jones singled to center which plated both Dowd and Abraham Almonte (2-6, HR). After eighth, a two-run surge, the Generals trailed the Stars 6-4.

Vinnie Catricala (1-3, RBI) left his mark on the game in the ninth after a solo homer to left center to pull the score within one. That score would hold to be the final.

In the loss, the Generals stranded a season high 14 base runners and drop another one-run game, their 17th of the year.

Generals’ LHP Anthony Fernandez (L, 2-1, 6.83, 5,4,4,1,6,0) suffered the loss, his first of the season. Ariel Pena picked up the win going six innings, striking out eight, while only allowing one run. Thomas Keeling struck out Morban in the eighth and finished the game on the mound for the Stars for the save.

Jackson and Huntsville will play game three of the series Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. CST. For the Generals, LHP Roenis Elias (2-4, 2.88) will take the mound as the Stars will send RHP Taylor Jungmann (4-5, 4.82) to the hill

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