Huntsville’s Ariel Pena notched his third victory in five starts as the Stars shut down Jackson 7-0 Sunday.
Pena struck out six batters through his five innings and allowed just two hits to cap off the season posting an 8-9 record and earned run average of 3.73.
The pitcher acquired in the 2012 mid-season with Brewers’ All-Star Jean Segura and fellow pitcher Johnny Hellweg for Zack Greinke produced three scoreless outings in the five game span.
Pena has allowed just four earned runs through his last 29 innings including a tough No Decision August 21 against Pensacola.
The Brewers’ number 13 rated prospect went eight innings and allowed no earned runs in the No Decision and his eight strikeouts were the most since May 8 against Pensacola when he fanned ten in 6.1 innings.
Rogers is streaking along
Southern League All-Star Jason Rogers extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 2-for-3 night at the plate and knocked in three runs.
The Stars’ first baseman is batting .318 over the last 12 games with eight runs batted in. His hitting streak is the second time where he has produced a streak lasting more than ten games.
Rogers compiled a 16-game hitting streak from July 19 through August 4 and accumulated nine home runs and 20 runs batted in. He maintained a phenomenal .383 batting average and On Base Percentage of .489 through the 16-game stretch.
Sunday’s three runs batted in allowed Rogers to remain in a commanding lead with 87 RBI compared to Birmingham’s Dan Black who has 83.
Despite his stretch, he has a home run drought and resulted in teammate Brock Kjeldgaard ovetaking him for the Southern League with 23 home runs.
Kjeldgaard belted a home run in back-to-back games August 29 and 30 against Jackson.
Owings throws the heat
Micah Owings responded to his first career Stars’ home run Saturday with a scoreless inning on the mound in relief of Pena Sunday.
The former Major League pitcher is continuing his desire to convert himself to a “hybrid” player in baseball circuits.
Owings has held opponents scoreless in all of his outings (11 innings) with the Brewers’ organization dating back to July 27 when he was with the Arizona Brewers of the Rookie League.
In addition, he has struck out 15 batters and walked just two between Arizona and Huntsville.