Jammers still in first in Pinckney Division

The Jamestown Jammers went 3-3 this week, but remained atop the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.

The Jammers began the week with a 4-3 loss at Lowell, allowing the Spinners to take 2 of 3 games. The Jammers returned home Wednesday to take 2 of 3 from the Connecticut Tigers. Jamestown lost the first game, 3-2, before trouncing Connecticut 10-0 in the second game of the three-game set and winning the third game, 10-9, in walk-off fashion.

The Jammers finished up the week splitting the first two games of their three-game series with the Aberdeen IronBirds. Jamestown won the first game – its third straight overall – 6-4, before losing Sunday, 8-3.

On the week, the Jammers hit .315 (23 for 73) with runners in scoring position, outscored their opponents 36-28 and left 49 runners on base. However, as is often the case, there was a large disparity in how Jamestown hit with runners in scoring position in its wins as compared to its losses. In its wins, the Jammers went 17 for 43 (.395) while in their losses, they went just 6 for 30 (.200).

Jackson Lodge (3-1) picked up the Jammers’ first win of the week in Jamestown’s 10-0 win over Connecticut. He threw six innings of shutout ball, allowed three hits, struck out three and walked none, lowering his ERA to 3.19 on the year.

In Jamestown’s 10-9 walk-off win over Connecticut on Thursday, Kurt Yacko moved to 2-0 on the season after tossing an inning of scoreless relief. He allowed a hit and struck out one.

Dovydas Neverauskas (3-2) was the winning pitcher in the Jammers’ final win of the week, as he went five innings, allowed a run on one hit, struck out three and didn’t issue a walk.

Jeff Roy leads all Jammer regulars at the plate, as the lefty hitting outfielder is hitting .321 through 31 games. The 21 year old from Cranston, R.I., has a double, a triple and 13 RBIs while reaching base at a .392 clip. He’s also scored 17 runs and swiped a team-high 15 bases.

Michael Fransoso, the Jammers shortstop, is hitting .317 with six doubles and 14 RBIs. Fransoso leads all regulars in on-base percentage (.445) and is third in OPS (.820). Danny Collins, the team’s leader in home runs with six, leads in OPS at .863.

The first baseman is hitting .270 on the year while reaching base at a .338 clip. He also has 18 RBIs on the year to go along with 22 runs scored, nine doubles and two triples.

Harold Ramirez, Jamestown’s third player playing in 30 or more games this season and hitting above .300, has a .315 AVG, .380 OBP, and a .840 OPS. The outfielder has scored 22 runs, driven in a team-high 26, stolen 12 bases, ripped eight doubles and collected two triples in 32 games.

Lodge and Neverauskas lead the team in wins with three each while Brett McKinney, Kevin Kleis and Roberto Espinosa all have two saves. Neverauskas leads all Jammers’ starters in ERA at 3.03 while Justin Topa leads all relievers – with at least eight appearances – with a 1.69 ERA.

As a team, the Jammers are second in AVG (.285), first in OBP (.355), third in slugging (.387) and second in OPS (.742). They have scored a league-high 182 runs (5.5 per game) and have the second most stolen bases (56).

State College leads in batting average (.286), slugging (.419) and OPS (.765) while Hudson Valley, with 62, leads the league in stolen bases.

On the mound, Jamestown has a 3.39 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, 218 strikeouts, 92 walks and have surrendered 18 home runs.

The Jammers will be back in action today to finish up their three-game set with the IronBirds, before going on the road to face Batavia on Tuesday and Wednesday, before returning home to Diethrick Park to play the Muckdogs for one game. Jamestown finishes its week with trips to Williamsport and Auburn.