Jammers have rough week, go 3-4

What looked like a promising week for the Jamestown Jammers in New York-Penn League action turned into a disappointment, as they went 3-4 to fall 3-1/2 games behind Pinckney Division-leading State College.

After rain postponed the Jammers game with Mahoning Valley on Monday, the two teams played a double-header Tuesday, with Jamestown taking both games by way of shutout, 8-0 and 1-0, respectively. Then the wheels began to fall off.

A 2-1 loss to the Scrappers on Wednesday was followed by three crucial losses to State College, giving the Spikes some breathing room heading into the final week of the season.

The Spikes took both games of a double-header Thursday, 9-8 in the first game and 8-2 in the second game, before winning 6-4 on Friday. Jamestown got back in the win column Saturday with its 8-6 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Justin Topa (5-2) picked up the win in the first game of the Jammers’ double-header on Tuesday, as he tossed two innings of two-hit relief while Edwin Espinal went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs and Elvis Escobar had a pair of hits and two RBIs.

In the second game, Buddy Borden, Andy Otamendi and Henry Hirsch held the Scrappers to just three hits to pick up the team’s 41st win. The Jammers’ lone run came in the second inning as Danny Collins scored on a wild pitch by Matt Whitehouse (4-1).

Otamendi (2-1) picked up the win after he tossed two innings of hitless relief. He walked one and struck out one. Borden got the start, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out seven over the game’s first four innings. Hirsch picked up his second save after he threw worked out of trouble in the seventh.

Nellie Rodriguez singled to start the Scrappers’ seventh, before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robel Garcia. Paul Hendrix followed with a double, but Rodriguez was only able to advance to third. Hirsch then got Josh McAdams swinging before retiring Sicnarf Loopstok on a fly ball to left fielder Justin Maffei.

Espinal, Jin-De Jhang, Michael Fransoso and Escobar all singled for the Jammers, who went just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left five runners stranded.

In its 2-1 loss on Wednesday, Jamestown managed just a run on five hits, including doubles by Harold Ramirez and Adam Frazier, who had the Jammers’ lone RBI.

Will Kendall (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing a run on three hits while striking out three over three innings of work. Dovydas Neverauskas got the start on the mound, allowing a run on five hits while striking out five and walking one.

Tied 1-all heading into the eighth, the Scrappers pushed the winning run across on a Rodriguez single that chased home Claudio Bautista.

Over the next three days, the Jammers were outscored by the Spikes 23-14, including the completion of a game begun on June 25. In that game, the Spikes answered the Jammers’ four-run top of the ninth by scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win, as Kurt Yacko suffered the loss after allowing a run on two hits. Yacko retired Steven Ramon on a fly ball before Jimmy Bosco doubled in Mason Katz. After advancing to third on a throwing error, Bosco came home with the winning run, a single by Cesar Valera. Yacko and Brett McKinney were both credited with a blown save.

In the regularly scheduled game, the Spikes used a three-run third and four-run fourth inning to put the game out of reach. Jackson Lodge (4-4) suffered the loss after he allowed all eight runs (four earned) on eight hits. He struck out two and walked one. Roberto Espinosa finished the game for the Jammers not allowing a hit while striking out one and walking one.

At the plate, where the Jammers managed just two runs on three hits, Escobar had the lone RBI while Espinal (double), Collins and Fransoso all hit safely.

After holding a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Jammers surrendered six runs over the final four innings to fall, 6-4.

Otamendi (2-2) was the losing pitcher after he let up three runs on three hits, striking out two and walking one. Chad Kuhl got the start for Jamestown and allowed a run on seven hits while striking out seven. Topa allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in the Spikes’ sixth, striking out two and walking one.

At the plate, Escobar and Frazier each had two hits while Adam Landecker had two RBIs and Frazier one.

In their first of two games against the Crosscutters, the Jammers scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back en route to an 8-6 win.

Andrew Dennis went 2 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs wile Frazier went 2 for 5 with an RBI. Austin Meadows and Landecker drove in a run each in the win.

On the hill, Hirsch (2-0) picked up the win after he went 2-2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out three and walking one. Espinosa got the save, his fifth of the season, after tossing a scoreless ninth.

Jamestown’s playoff hopes rest on its ability to win its remaining games, including its season-ending series with State College, which begins today at 4:05 p.m. at Diethrick Park. As of Sunday, the Jammers (42-29) held a slight 1-1/2-game lead over the Tri-City ValleyCats in the wild card standings. The ValleyCats (41-31) finish their season with three games against the Brooklyn Cyclones (37-34).