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Gagnon, Stars hurlers keep posting zeros
Brewers' No. 17 prospect helps extend shutout streak to 30 innings
05/07/2014 12:17 AM ET
Drew Gagnon has limited Southern League hitters to a .197 batting average this season. (Huntsville Stars)

Drew Gagnon didn't realize what kind of run his Double-A Huntsville club was on entering Tuesday's game. But he sure does now.

The Brewers' No. 17 prospect gave up four hits over seven innings as the Stars blanked the visiting Jackson Generals, 5-0, on Tuesday.

Gagnon struck out four and walked three for the first-place Stars. The 23-year-old right-hander threw 57 of his 93 pitches for strikes while lowering his ERA to 2.66.

"The big thing was me and [catcher Shawn Zarraga] were working good," Gagnon said. "I shook him off once, so basically we were on the same page all night. All three pitches were working. When you have that in your back pocket, you're good for a start any day. "

Gagnon recorded 10 of his 21 outs via the ground ball, a bit unusual for a pitcher who entered the start with a groundout-to-flyout ratio of 1.03.

"Curveball, I threw that any count, had it going," he said. "The changeup came into play and then the curveball. They were just missing it, getting a ground ball and the defense was taking care of it."

The Stars extended their team shutout streak to 30 innings in the process. They have not allowed a run since May 2, when Montgomery pushed across a run in the sixth inning of Huntsville's 9-1 win. A surprised Gagnon (3-1) was impressed by the streak.

"I didn't know we were on a streak," the California native said. "I figured it out after the game. If we could keep it going, that would be awesome. That's pretty cool to do that."

Gagnon earned his first win since April 15, even though he hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since that time. The Long Beach State University product was pleased by his outing, both personally and for the club.

"It's always good to have the win on your side," he said. "As long as the team gets the win ... but getting that win, it's always nice."

Tim Dillard followed Gagnon with a perfect inning and Tommy Toledo tossed a hitless ninth to close out the game.

Huntsville's Josh Prince was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Greg Hopkins reached base three times and scored once.

Jochi Ogando fell to 0-3 after allowing five unearned runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings for the Generals.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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