Jammers go 5-1 through Saturday, improve to 8-8

After an 8-5 loss to the Williamsport Crosscutters on Monday, the Jamestown Jammers reeled off five-straight wins in New York-Penn League action this week to improve their record to 8-8 heading into Sunday’s game against Mahoning Valley.

Frank Duncan (0-1) suffered the loss on the hill for the Jammers, as he allowed four runs – all earned – on seven hits while striking out one and walking one.

The Crosscutters jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Cord Sandberg and Jiandido Tromp singled to start the game. An error by Jammers’ right fielder Michael Suchy allowed Sandberg to advance to third and Tromp to second, for Aaron Brown, who picked up an RBI on a ground out that chased home Sandberg and pushed Tromp to third. Rhys Hoskins was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners for Matt Shortall, who tripled to right for the 3-0 lead.

Duncan worked out of further trouble by getting Jan Hernandez to go down swinging and Deivi Grullon to ground out to third.

The Jammers got a run back in the bottom half of the first on a Taylor Gushue sacrifice fly and cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the second on an error Crosscutters’ shortstop Emmanuel Marrero that plated Chase Simpson, who singled to open the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of David Andriese.

Williamsport added a run in the top of third on a Brown home run to center field, before increasing its lead to 7-2 in the top of the eighth on RBI singles by Grullon and Marrero and an error on a ball hit by Sandberg.

Jamestown cut the Crosscutters’ lead to 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth on a three-run homer off the bat of Kevin Krause that brought in Deybi Garcia and Suchy, who opened the inning with back-to-back singles.

Grullon singled in Hernandez, who doubled with one out, for the Crosscutters’ final run of the game. Alejandro Arteaga (1-1) picked up the win for Williamsport after he tossed the first 6-2/3 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking one. Calvin Rayburn picked up his second save of the season after surrendering a hit and a walk while striking out two over 1-2/3 innings.

Carl Anderson had three hits in the loss while Jordan Luplow, Suchy and Andriese all had two hits each. The Jammers finished 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base while the Crosscutters were 4 for 20 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

After the loss to Williamsport on Monday, Jamestown was able to string together five-straight wins to get back to .500.

The streak started with 3-2 and 8-7 wins over State College on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

On Tuesday, at Medlar Field at Lunbrano Park, the Jammers built a 2-0 lead on an RBI double off the bat of Luplow in the top of the third and a run-scoring triple in the top of the fourth off the bat of Francisco Aponte.

The Spikes tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double off the bat of Ronnierd Garcia that plated Alex De Leon and Rowan Wick. Then, in the top of the ninth, Jamestown was able to go ahead for good.

Simpson tripled to open the frame and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Andriese, before Aponte went down swinging and Erik Forgione flew out to Wick in right field to end the inning.

Montana DuRapau came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and worked around a two-out walk to Jhohan Acevedo and a single by Danny Diekroeger, before he got Nick Thompson swinging to end the game. It was DuRapau’s first save of the season while Nick Newmann, who blew the save in the bottom of the sixth, picked up the win, his first of the season. He finished allowing two runs – one earned – on three hits over three innings of work.

Marek Minarik worked the first five innings for Jamestown and surrendered four hits while striking out one and walking three. Tyler Bray (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing a run on a hit while striking out two over the game’s final two innings.

Luplow finished the game 3 for 4, including a double and an RBI while Krause, Simpson and Aponte all tripled. The Jammers finished the game 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position while leaving six men on base. The Spikes finished the day hitting 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position while leaving 10 men on base.

In the second game of the two-game set, the Jammers used a four-run top of the fourth inning to go up 7-2, before scoring the eventual game-winning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Luplow in the top of the 12th inning.

Forgione was hit by a pitch with one out in the 12th, before Anderson doubled, putting runners at second and third for Luplow, who lifted a fly ball to right field that was deep enough to score Forgione.

Anderson was hit by a pitch to start Jamestown’s fourth inning, before stealing second and moving to third on a fly ball off the bat of Luplow. Gushue was intentionally walked to put runners on first and third for Suchy, who singled home Anderson for a 4-2 lead. Then, Krause delivered the big blow, a three-run home run to left field that brought in Gushue and Suchy. It was Krause’s third long ball of the season.

From there, the Spikes began to chip away at the Jammers’ lead as they scored a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and one each in the seventh and eighth to tie the game.

Tyler Eppler started for Jamestown and allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits while striking out one and walking two. Eric Karch was charged with his second blown save of the season after he allowed the game-tying run. He finished the game tossing 1-1/3 innings while surrendering two hits and walking one. Andy Otamendi (1-0) earned the win after not allowing a run in the 11th and 12th innings. He finished surrendering a hit while striking out three over the game’s final two innings.

Josh Lucas (0-1) took the loss after he allowed a run on two hits while striking out one and walking two. Dewin Perez started and worked the first two innings for the Spikes and allowed three runs – two earned – on three hits while striking out one and walking three.

At the plate for the Jammers, who finished 4 for 18 with runners in scoring position while leaving 14 men on base, Gushue was 3 for 4, including two doubles and two RBIs. He also walked three times. Anderson (double), Suchy (RBI) and Krause (home run, three RBIs) all had two hits in the win.

The Spikes were led at the plate by De Leon, who went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, while Diekroeger (RBI) and Wick (two home runs, four RBIs) had two hits each. State College was 3 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

The Jammers needed extra innings to pick up the win on Thursday as well, as they plated three runs in the top of the 10th to pull off a 6-4 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field.

Tied 3-all entering the 10th, Suchy and Krause walked with one out, before Simpson doubled them in for a 5-3 lead. Simpson then moved to third on a ground ball off the bat of Andriese, before scoring on a wild pitch for a 6-3 edge.

Luis Urena replaced Sam Street to start the 10th and allowed singles to Greg Allen and Steven Patterson, before getting Leo Castillo to ground out for the first out. Then, with Allen at third and Patterson at second, Francisco Mejia popped out to shortstop for the second out.

However, with D’vone McClure at the plate, Urena was called for a balk that allowed Allen to scamper home from third and Patterson to advance to third. But Urena settled down and got McClure to ground out to shortstop Tyler Filliben to end the game and give the Jammers their third win in a row.

The Jammers fell behind in the bottom of the second as the Scrappers plated a pair of runs on RBI singles off the bats of Shane Rowland and Drake Roberts. However, Jamestown tied the game with a pair of runs of its own in the top of the third.

Anderson singled to open the frame and moved to second after Erik Lunde walked. Gushue moved them up a base each on a sacrifice bunt, before an RBI ground out by Suchy chased home Anderson with the Jammers’ first run of the game. Krause followed with a game-tying double, before Simpson grounded out to Castillo at first to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh the Scrappers re-took the lead after Allen scored on a wild pitch by Jerry Mulderig. But the Jammers battled back to tie the game in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Simpson.

Sam Street (1-0) picked up the win on the hill for the Jammers after tossing two innings of hitless, scoreless relief. He struck out two before giving way to Urena, who allowed a run on two hits and picked up his first save of the season. Alex McRae worked the first five innings for Jamestown and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out three.

James Stokes was charged with the loss after he allowed three runs on one hit while walking two in the Jammers’ three-run 10th inning. Jordan Carter was credited with his first blown save of the season after he allowed a hit, issued a walk and struck out two over two innings of work. Kieran Lovegrove allowed two runs on four hits while walking four over the game’s first 4-1/3 innings.

At the plate for Jamestown, Simpson had a pair of hits, including a double, and finished the game with three RBIs. Filliben also had two hits in the win, including a pair of doubles. The Jammers finished 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base while the Scrappers were also 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

In its 4-2 win on Friday, Jamestown was led by the two-hit performances of Anderson (double, RBI), Suchy (RBI), Michael Fransoso and Filliben (double) while Aponte chipped in a pinch-hit, two-run double in the top of the second.

It was in the second inning that Jamestown took control of the game. Andriese struck out looking to start the frame, before Fransoso singled and moved to third on a ground-rule double off the bat of Filliben. Fransoso later scored on an RBI ground out off the bat of Anderson, before Aponte delivered his two-run double to center that cleared the bases and gave the Jammers a lead they would not relinquish.

Jose Regalado (3-0) remained perfect on the season after he tossed three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed three hits while striking out three and walking one. Jared Lakind earned his first save of the season after he threw two innings of hitless, scoreless relief over the game’s final two innings. he struck out four and walked one. Montana DuRapau got the start for the Jammers and allowed two runs – one earned – on three hits while striking out four.

Luis DeJesus (0-2) suffered the loss on the mound for the Scrappers, as he allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two and walking three over the game’s first three innings.

The Jammers’ final run of the game came in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Suchy while the Scrappers’ two runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double off the bat of Mejia.

Jamestown was 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base while Mahoning Valley finished the game 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

The wins kept coming for the Jammers on Saturday, as they dropped the Scrappers, 12-5, in the third game of their four-game series.

Down 5-3 heading into the top of the sixth, Jamestown used six hits, a walk, an error and a pair of wild pitches to help them score eight runs and essentially put the game away.

Ross singled to open the inning, before Filliben struck out swinging for the first out. Forgione then reached on catcher’s interference on Mejia to put two runners on. A single by Anderson loaded the bases for Fransoso, who promptly chased all three runners home with a triple to right field that gave the Jammers a 6-5 lead. A single by Gushue increased the Jamestown lead to 7-5, before a wild pitch moved him to second and another wild pitch on ball four to Suchy put runners at the corners for Krause, who doubled in Gushue for an 8-5 lead. A pitching change brought in Edward Estrella, who got Simpson to ground out for the second out. However, a three-run home run to left field by Ross helped put the game out of reach, as Jamestown increased its lead to 11-5.

The Jammers’ final run of the game came in the top of the eighth after Gushue scored as part of a double play that was started by a ground ball off the bat of Simpson.

Jamestown scored single runs in the top of the first, third and fifth innings on a sacrifice fly by Krause, an RBI ground out by Krause and a ground-rule double to right-center field by Krause, respectively.

Mahoning Valley tied the game on an RBI single by Bradley Zimmer in the bottom of the first, before going ahead in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Juan De La Cruz and an RBI single off the bat of Austin Fisher. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, after the Jammers had tied the game on Krause’s ground-rule double, the Scrappers went up 5-3 on an RBI ground out off the bat of Allen and a run-scoring single to right by Mejia.

Miguel Rosario (1-1) threw 2-1/3 innings of relief of starter Duncan to pick up the win. He allowed a hit and struck out two while Duncan surrendered five runs on six hits while striking out two and walking three over the game’s first 4-2/3 innings.

Anthony Vizcaya (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing eight runs – six earned – on six hits while striking out two and walking as many over 1-1/3 innings of relief work.

The Jammers were 6 for 17 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base while the Scrappers were 4 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.

After an off-day today, Jamestown is home for three games against Williamsport, before they head back out on the road for a weekend series with State College, that will begin with a 1 p.m. game on Independence Day. All three games with the Crosscutters are set for 7:05 p.m. starts.