Huntsville’s Peralta stops M-Braves in their tracks

Published 12:01 am Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wily Peralta threw seven shutout innings, Sean Halton went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and the Huntsville Stars beat the Mississippi Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.

Huntsville beat the M-Braves for the fourth time in the six-game series, and handed Mississippi its fifth loss in six games overall. The series concludes tonight at 6:43 p.m. in Huntsville, then the M-Braves return home Monday night to open a four-game set against the Jackson Generals.

Peralta (6-6) had been shelled for four runs in just 2 1/3 innings in his last outing a week ago, but was sharp in this one. He scattered six hits, walked two batters and struck out four. He won for the third time in four starts.

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Robert Hinton pitched the last two innings to earn his first save of the season.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Logan Schafer led off with a walk and later scored on a ground out. Huntsville then added two runs in the fifth to really take control.

Another leadoff walk, this time to Matt Cline, led to a run on an RBI single by Schafer. Schafer advanced to second on the throw home, stole third and scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0.

The M-Braves got on the board in the eighth when Tyler Pastornicky reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on a passed ball. Huntsville answered in the bottom of the inning, however, when Halton drove in a run with his second double of the game.

Schafer finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for Huntsville, and Brock Kjeldgaard also drove in a run. Dan Nelson went 2-for-4 with two doubles for the M-Braves.