Jammers hold slight lead in division

Jamestown’s 11-5 loss to Tri-City Sunday ended a 3-3 week of New York-Penn League action for the Jammers, which maintains a slight edge over the State College Spikes in the Pinckney Division.

After an off day Monday, the Jammers traveled to Vermont where they won two of three games against the Lake Monsters.

Jamestown won 5-3 on Tuesday, lost 3-1 on Wednesday and won 4-0 on Thursday before departing for a weekend series with Tri-City. The ValleyCats pummeled the Jammers, 10-4, on Friday, before winning 3-2 Saturday.

Jamestown needed 11 innings Tuesday to get past Vermont. Roberto Espinosa blew his second save of the season in the bottom of the ninth, but was taken off the hook by an error and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Erich Weiss in the top of the 11th.

Espinosa picked up the win after allowing a run on two hits over two innings. He struck out one and walked one. Brett McKinney struck out the side in the 11th for his fifth save of the season.

On Thursday, three Jammers’ pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout of the Lake Monsters, as Chad Kuhl (2-3) picked up the win after allowing a hit and striking out three over five innings of work.

Justin Topa threw three innings of one-hit relief striking out three while Henry Hirsch pitched a 1-2-3 ninth striking out one.

Michael Fransoso picked up a pair of RBIs in the win while Jimmy Rider (double) and Dave Valesente drove in a run each.

On Saturday, McKinney (1-0) picked up the win as the Jammers edged the ValleyCats, 3-2. McKinney tossed two innings of one-hit relief and the Jammers picked up a run in the top of the ninth to move to 32-19 on the season.

Edwin Espinal reached second on a throwing error to start the Jammers’ ninth, then advanced to third on a balk. He came around to score the eventual game-winning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Weiss. McKinney retired the ValleyCats in order in the ninth to pick up his first win of the season.

Adam Frazier leads the Jammers in hitting through 51 games at .351 while Danny Collins has a team-high six home runs. Harold Ramirez leads the team with 35 RBIs and 33 runs scored while Jeff Roy has 22 stolen bases.

As a team, the Jammers are hitting a league-leading .276 and have reached base at a league-high .343 clip.

On the mound, Jackson Lodge, Dovydas Neverauskas, Justin Topa and Axel Diaz all have three wins while McKinney’s five saves leads the team. Cody Dickson leads all starters with a 2.16 ERA over 33-1/3 innings.

League-wide, the Jammers have the 11th-best ERA (3.42), 10th-most strikeouts (382) and have walked the fourth-fewest opposing hitters (145).

Jamestown will be off until Wednesday for the All-Star break before traveling to Batavia for one game and then returning home for a game against Batavia and two against State College.