HUNTSVILLE, AL – A dominant seven innings from Jose Urena and a big day at the plate from Isaac Galloway helped the Jacksonville Suns (26-15, 62-49) to an 8-1 win over the Huntsville Stars (19-22, 65-46) in Thursday’s series opener from Joe Davis Stadium.
Hear from Isaac Galloway after driving in four runs in Thursday’s win:
Jose Urena (W, 10-7) earned the win after tossing seven shutout innings for the second consecutive start, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out three Stars. The righty has now won each of his last four starts.
Greg Nappo retired the side in order in his one inning of work, collecting a strikeout along the way.
Jheyson Manzueta gave up one run (earned) despite not allowing any hits, but did walk a batter as he finished off the ballgame for Jacksonville.
Drew Gagnon (L, 7-6) took the loss for Huntsville by being tagged for six runs (three earned) on eight hits in 5.2 innings, while walking two batters and striking out six.
The game remained scoreless until the Suns broke through with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. A wild pitch by Drew Gagnon and a two-out RBI single from Isaac Galloway gave Jacksonville a 2-0 lead after three and a half innings.
The Suns broke the game open by scoring four times in the top of the sixth. A two-run triple from Isaac Galloway, a RBI triple from Jose Urena and a RBI single from Austin Nola furthered Jacksonville’s advantage to 6-0 in the top of the sixth inning.
Jacksonville again added to their lead with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. Isaac Galloway’s RBI double and Austin Nola’s RBI single made it an 8-0 lead for Jacksonville after the top of the eighth came to a close.
The Stars busted up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth, when a RBI groundout from Nick Ramirez plated Nick Shaw, making it an 8-1 Suns lead and capping off Thursday night’s scoring in the process.
The Suns and Stars will be back at it on Friday, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET). The Suns will start right-hander James Nygren (3-2, 3.55) while the Stars will send out a righty of their own in Jacob Barnes (2-5, 5.01).
Suns fans can listen to Friday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 94.1 WSOS-FM or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com or the Suns iPhone or Android app, beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show.
The 2014 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season / individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.
Below are two highlights from Thursday’s ballgame: