Despite winning week, Jammers remain in second place

Despite going 5-2 this past week, the Jamestown Jammers (39-25) remained in second place in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division, two games behind the State College Spikes.

The Jammers opened the week with an 8-7 win over the Auburn Tigers at Diethrick Park, before hitting the road and taking two from Mahoning Valley, 4-2, on Tuesday and, 3-1, on Wednesday.

The Jammers’ win on Wednesday was their fourth straight, but that streak was snapped by the Scrappers on Thursday, 3-2. From Mahoning Valley, the Jammers traveled to Williamsport, where they fell to the Crosscutters, 2-1. However, a return trip home to face Williamsport was more successful, as Jamestown dropped the Crosscutters, 5-4, on Saturday and 4-1 on Sunday.

Roberto Espinosa (3-2) picked up two wins in relief this week while Axel Diaz (4-2), Jackson Lodge (4-3) and Andy Otamendi (1-1) all picked up wins. Brett McKinney earned three saves to increase his season total to 10.

In Jamestown’s 8-7 win over Auburn on Monday, Edwin Espinal went 2 for 4, including his first home run and a double, while driving in four runs. Adam Frazier went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Elvis Escobar added a pinch-hit RBI single in the win.

On Tuesday, Espinal connected for his second homer in as many games while Wyatt Mathisen went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. Jin-De Jhang added a 2-for-4 performance that included a pair of doubles and two runs scored while Erich Weiss added an RBI of his own in the Jammers’ 4-2 win.

In Wednesday’s contest, the Jammers defeated Mahoning Valley, 3-1, behind solid pitching from starter Shane Carle and relievers Lodge, Otamendi and Henry Hirsch.

At the plate, Harold Ramirez and Adam Landecker drove in a run each as the Jammers went just 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

In its 3-2 loss at Mohoning Valley on Thursday, Jamestown received a home run from Ramirez and an RBI from Frazier, but not much else as it left four men on base and went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Justin Topa (4-2) blew his third save of the season as he allowed three runs on two hits while striking out four and walking one.

On Friday, the Jammers could not recover after allowing the Crosscutters to score five runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jamestown scored one in the first, one in the fifth and saw a ninth-inning rally fall short as Tyler Buckley struck out Mathisen and Espinal with the bases loaded to end the game.

Dovydas Neverauskas (4-4) suffered the loss after allowing all five of Williamsport’s runs on five hits. He also walked five and struck out two. Frazier, Ramirez and Jin-De Jhang all had RBIs for the Jammers.

Saturday saw the Jammers get back in the win column as they scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past the Crosscutters, 2-1.

With two outs in the last of the eighth, Espinal singled and advanced to second on a throwing error before Justin Maffei relieved him on the basepaths. Williamsport hurler Mark Meadors walked Weiss to put two runners on. Adam Landecker then singled on a ground ball to right field to plate Maffei and Weiss.

McKinney worked around a two-out walk to pick up his ninth save of the season.

The Jammers used a four-run bottom of the seventh inning to close out their week with a 4-1 win over the Crosscutters. Escobar highlighted the inning with a two-out, two-run home run, his first of the season, while Landecker added a two-out, run-scoring single.

The Jammers went just 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base, but were able to score enough runs to earn their 39th win of the season.

Espinosa picked up the win as he tossed a scoreless seventh inning, striking out one along the way. McKinney picked up his 10th save of the season, allowing a hit and a walk.

The Jammers remain at home to face Mahoning Valley for three games beginning today, before traveling to take on State College on Thursday to finish a game suspended by rain on June 25. The Jammers and Spikes regularly-scheduled game will follow before they complete the two-day trip on Friday. Jamestown finishes off its week with a pair of games in Williamsport, and returns home to finish off the regular season with a three-game set with State College, beginning on Sept. 2.