From the Birmingham Barons Media Relations:
Birmingham, AL — The Birmingham Barons dropped their seriesopener against the Huntsville Stars by a score of 10-5 in front of 4,605 fans at Regions Field.
Huntsville broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with three runs against Barons starter Tony Bucciferro (1-1, 7.15). Hector Gimenez started the scoring with a two-run double down the right field line and scored on a double by Hainley Statia giving Huntsville a 3-0 lead.
The Barons responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, getting a solo home run from Jeremy Farrell and an RBI single by Dan Black, cutting the Stars lead to 3-2.
The Barons would tie the game at 3-3 an inning later on an RBI double by Chris Curley over the head of center fielder Josh Fellhauer.
Gimenez struck again in the top of the fifth, putting the Stars ahead 4-3 with a solo home run, his second long ball of the season.
The Barons retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Josh Richmond plated Trayce Thompson with an RBI triple and scored on a throwing error by pitcher Drew Gagnon (8-6, 3.76) giving the Barons a 5-4 lead.
The Stars broke the game open with six runs in the sixth inning taking a 10-5 lead. Back-to-back hits to lead off the inning chased Bucciferro from the contest in favor of reliever Nelvin Fuentes. RBI singles by Yadiel Rivera, Nick Shaw, Nick Ramirez and a bases loaded hit-by-pitch taken by Kentrail Davis would knock Fuentes from the game after recording just two outs. Kevin Vance came on as the third pitcher in the inning and surrendered an RBI base hit to Josh Prince to cap the scoring.
The loss was the fifth in a row for the Barons, tying a season-high as they fell to 22-23 in the second half and 51-64 overall while Huntsville improved to 21-25 in the second half and 67-49 overall.
The Barons will look to rebound tomorrow night as RHP Mike Recchia (5-3, 3.39) takes the hill against RHP Jacob Barnes (2-5, 4.63). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM CDT as the Barons and Stars will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network's Game of the Week.