Jammers go 5-1, increase divisional lead

After falling to the Aberdeen, 8-3, last Sunday and having its game against the IronBirds canceled due to rain on Monday, the Jamestown Jammers won five straight games, before falling to Auburn, 5-2, on Sunday.

The loss leaves the Jammers at 25-14 on the year and five games ahead of the State College Spikes for first place in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.

The Jammers won a pair of games in Batavia, 7-0, and 9-7, on Tuesday and Wednesday, before returning home Thursday, where they beat the Muckdogs, 6-3. Jamestown then traveled to take on the Williamsport Cross Cutters for two games Friday and Saturday. The Jammers won the first game, 4-3, and the second game, 3-0.

Picking up wins for Jamestown this week were Chad Kuhl (1-1), Henry Hirsch (1-0), Axel Diaz (1-2), Justin Topa (3-1) and Cody Dickson (1-2) while saves were recorded by Brett McKinney and Roberto Espinosa, who each saved two games.

Aside from the two shutouts in which Jamestown pitchers combined to limit opposing batters to eight hits while striking out 16, walking two and holding the hitters to 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position – and stranding seven runners – the Jammers’ most impressive win of the week came on Wednesday, when they beat the Muckdogs, 9-7.

Trailing 7-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Jammers’ offense exploded for seven runs on five hits, including a go-ahead, three-run homer by Michael Fransoso. Adam Frazier had a two-run double to get Jamestown to 7-6, before Fransoso’s blast to right field put the Jammers up for good.

Edwin Espinal picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk for Jamestown’s first run of the ninth while Elvis Escobar singled in a run for its second.

Roberto Espinosa worked around a leadoff walk to Coco Johnson, before retiring Yefri Perez, Justin Bohn and Felix Munoz for his third save of the season.

Adam Frazier leads the Jammers in hitting at .359. The shortstop has played in 23 games this season and has four doubles, 11 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .444. His batting average is good enough for third in the NY-Penn League, behind Batavia’s Avery Romero (.370) and State College’s Steven Ramos (.360).

Harold Ramirez is second on the Jammers with a .336 AVG as the left fielder has nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and a team-high 31 RBIs. He has also stole 14 bases and reached base at a .383 clip while slugging .477 and accumulating a .869 OPS, which is the highest amongst Jamestown regulars.

Jeff Roy (.310), Fransoso (.303), and Jin-De Jhang are the only other Jammers’ regulars hitting .300 or better.

Danny Collins leads the team in home runs while Roy leads in stolen bases with 16, two ahead of Ramirez.

At the plate this week, the Jammers went .343 with runners in scoring position while stranding 45 on base.

Jamestown will look to continue its success this week as it takes on the Auburn Tigers today, in Auburn, before returning home to play the Staten Island Yankees for three games beginning Aug. 1. Brooklyn comes to Jamestown to finish out the week.