Huntsville, AL-The Mobile BayBears' Andrew Chafin(1-0) outdueled the Huntsville Stars' Drew Gagnon(2-1) in an outstanding pitcher's duel as Mobile edged the Stars 2-1.
The difference in the game was a one-out solo homerun off the bat off Michael Freeman in the Mobile 3rd. Freeman's solo shot to right broke a 1-1 tie and was his second of the season and second in the series. Outside of the homerun allowed to Freeman, Gagnon was outstanding.
Gagnon turned in a quality start pitching seven innings allowing five hits on two earned runs. He also struck out a season high six. Gagnon was the tough luck loser Monday night as the Stars offense could only muster three hits.
With the Stars trailing 1-0 going into their first at bat, Greg Hopkins tied it on a solo homerun to left field. It was Hopkins' second homerun of the season.
The lefty Chafin who entered the game with just 1 earned run allowed in 17.1 innings dominated the Stars. At one stretch of the game he had retired thirteen consecutive hitters.
The Stars had a chance to tie it in the seventh when the bases were loaded with two outs. Pinch hitter Shawn Zarraga lined out to center to end the Stars threat.
Chafin worked 6.1 innings allowing just two hits. He walked three and struck out five as he earned his first decision of the year in four starts.
The BayBears now lead the Stars two games to one in their five game series. Mobile improves to 10-8 while the Stars are 11-7. Huntsville sill enters Tuesday's game in first place in the Southern League North standings.
The Stars and BayBears play game four of their five-game series Tuesday night. The Stars will have RHP Taylor Jungmann(1-1, 3.18) on the mound while Mobile will start RHP Mike Lee(1-2, 5.82). The game can be heard starting at 6:15 PM with Steve Jarnicki on 92.9 FM, 1450 AM and www.wtkiradio.com