CHATTANOOGA-- The Huntsville Stars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but needed a late comeback to defeat Chattanooga 5-4 Saturday night at AT&T Field.
Joey Paciorek gave the Stars a 3-0 lead in the first inning on his two-out three run homer against Chris Reed.
Chattanooga responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Scott Shebler singled into right field on a 3-2 pitch scoring Darnell Sweeney. Daniel Mayora also hit into a 6-4-3 double play scoring Noel Cuevas trimming the Stars lead to 3-2.
The Lookouts tied the game in the bottom of the second inning. Alex Liddi led off the inning with a triple against the right field wall. The next batter Chris O'Brien then scored Liddi on a groundout to shortstop.
Chattanooga grabbed their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third. Darnell Sweeney led off with a walk. Sweeney advanced to second on a throwing error by catcher Adam Wesienburger on a pick-off attempt. Sweeney later scored when Scott Shebler grounded out to shortstop giving Chattanooga a 4-3 advantage.
The Stars came back late in the game against Chattanooga reliever Juan Gonzalez(1-6). In the top of the seventh inning, Gonzalez walked Greg Hopkins. Yadiel Rivera followed by reaching on a bunt single.
With the bases loaded and one out, Weisenburger produced a sacrifice fly scoring Hopkins tying the game at 4-4.
With Rivera at third base and Prince at second and Hainley Statia at the plate, Gonzalez delivered a pitch that was low and off the catcher's glove. Rivera alertly broke for the plate scoring on a passed ball by O'Brien giving the Stars a 5-4 lead.
David Goforth pitched the ninth for the Stars and recorded his Southern League best 18th save. Jed Bradley, the Huntsville starter improved to 2-4 on the season as he earned the win. The Stars(11-12, 57-36) lead the Lookouts(9-14,35-58)2-1 in their five game series.