— Robert Morey tossed the Jacksonville Suns’ (3-1, 37-34) first complete game of the 2013 season, and Aaron Dudley homered twice as Jacksonville downed the Huntsville Stars (1-3, 30-42) 6-2 at Bragan Field.
Morey (3-4) turned in the Suns’ first nine-inning complete game effort in nearly two years and snapped a three-start losing streak in the process. Meanwhile, Jacksonville earned a series victory to begin the second half of the 2013 campaign.
“He threw strikes and initiated contact well,” Suns manager Andy Barkett said after the series-clinching victory. “He mixed his pitches well. We gave him a lead and he pitched with it like you’re supposed to.”
Morey allowed just two runs on five hits and did not walk a single batter. The right-hander struck out just four batters but was in control the entire evening.
It helped that the Suns received a somewhat unexpected surge at the plate from first baseman Aaron Dudley. The left-handed hitter blasted his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning to put Jacksonville on top 1-0, then hit a three-run shot two innings later that pushed the Suns’ advantage to 4-0.
“It’s good to see a guy who doesn’t get much chance to play...get in there and contribute,” Barkett said. “He allowed Morey to cruise us to victory.”
Huntsville plated its first run against Morey in the top of the fifth on Hector Gomez’s RBI groundout, but the Suns’ hurler never let the Stars get any closer. The right-hander did not allow an extra base hit until the ninth inning when Rene Tosoni homered.
The Suns would add two more runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth on a run-scoring squeeze bunt from Chris Gutierrez and Kyle Jensen’s RBI double. Jensen finished his night 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
The Suns, having already secured a series win over Huntsville, can make it four out of five with a win in the series finale on Sunday. Jacksonville’s starting pitcher has not yet been determined, while the Stars are scheduled to send right-hander Andy Moye (3-7, 4.15) to the mound in attempt to salvage the final game of the series.. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. E.T.