Jammers go 3-4 on week

With their 10-4 loss to the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Sunday, the Jamestown Jammers finished with yet another losing week as they went 3-4.

Jamestown opened the week by losing both ends of a double-header against the Lowell Spinners on Monday, 2-0 and 2-1. The Jammers then won 2 of 3 against the Connecticut Tigers, before splitting the first two games of their three-game series with the Ironbirds.

On Tuesday, Jamestown beat Connecticut 5-4 and then won 3-2 on Wednesday, before falling to the Tigers, 5-3, on Thursday. On Saturday, Jamestown won 2-0.

The Jammers sit at 24-31 on the New York-Penn League season and are eight games behind Pinckney Division-leading State College and 5-1/2 games behind the Brooklyn Cyclones and Connecticut Tigers in the wild card race.

Monday, Aug. 4

Lowell 2-2, Jamestown 0-1

Jamestown dropped both ends of a double-header to the Lowell Spinners, as they managed just one run on nine hits over 15 innings.

In the first game, Lowell broke open a scoreless game with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. Nick Moore doubled to left field to open the frame and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by David Sopilka. Danny Mars followed with a single to right for the Spinners’ first run, before Raymel Flores hit a ground ball back to pitcher Eric Karch for the second out. On the play, Mars moved to second and later scored on a Jordan Betts single to right. Karch then got Mike Meyers to hit into a force out to end the inning, but the damage had been done.

In the bottom of the eighth, Erik Forgione led off with a single and moved to second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Elvis Escobar. Jordan Luplow followed with a ground out of his own that pushed Forgione to third, where he remained, as Taylor Gushue flew out to Mars in center field to end the game.

Jamestown finished 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base while Lowell was 2 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.

Karch (1-2) suffered the loss after he allowed two runs on three hits in his one inning of work. Tyler Eppler started for the Jammers and allowed a pair of hits while striking out five and walking one over five scoreless innings.

Ellis Jimenez (3-1) picked up the win for the Spinners after he surrendered one hit – a one-out single to right field by Chase Simpson in the bottom of the seventh – while Carlos Pinales earned his 12th save of the season. He allowed Forgione’s single, as he improved his earned-run average to 3.57 on the season.

At the plate, Forgione went 3 for 3 in the loss while Mars (run, RBI) and Cisco Tellez both had two hits for the Spinners.

In the second game, the Jammers’ inability to hit with runners in scoring position continued, as they went 1 for 6 while leaving five more men on base.

Luplow had two of Jamestown’s four hits, including a double, while Kevin Ross doubled to left in the bottom of the sixth and Erik Lunde singled to lead off the bottom of the third.

The Spinners opened the scoring in the top of the third inning on an RBI ground out off the bat of Meyers and built a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth after another RBI ground out by Meyers.

The Jammers’ lone run came in the bottom of the sixth on Ross’ double that chased home Luplow, who had doubled to left with one out.

Alex McCrae (2-3) suffered the loss after he allowed both Spinner runs on six hits while striking out three over the game’s first five innings. Brandon Show (1-1) earned the win after he tossed an inning of scoreless relief. Kuehl McEachern picked up his first save of the season, as he allowed the Jammers’ only run of the day on two hits while striking out two over the game’s final two innings.

For the Spinners, which went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base, Mars (double) had a pair of hits while Mauricio Dubon doubled.

The loss was the Jammers’ third in a row after they had won their four previous games, in which they outscored Auburn and Hudson Valley, 14-7.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Jamestown 5, Connecticut 4

After dropping three straight, the Jammers got back into the win column Wednesday, as they defeated the Tigers at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium.

Jamestown built a 5-0 lead after two innings and then held on for the 5-4 win after Connecticut scored three runs in the final two innings.

In the top of the first, the Jammers scored a pair of runs on a wild pitch that allowed Escobar to score and a Gushue double to center that chased home Carl Anderson.

Then, in the top of the third, Jamestown added three more runs on one-out singles by Anderson and Luplow and a two-out single by Kevin Krause.

The Tigers’ first run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth on a Kasey Coffman sacrifice fly while they added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Jammers’ lead to 5-3.

Garrett Mattlage worked a lead off walk off Luis Urena, who relieved Eric Dorsch. Then, with Ross Kivett at the plate, Mattlage stole second and later scored on a Ben Verlander two-out single to center field. Brett Pirtle followed with a double to center field to bring in Verlander, but Pirtle was out at third trying to extend his double into a triple.

In the bottom of the ninth, Coffman led off the frame with a walk, but was erased on a fielder’s choice that left pinch-hitter Michael Gerber at first base. Will Maddox followed with a single to right field to put runners at first and second. Rashad Brown then reached on a dropped third strike to load the bases for Mattlage, who grounded out to Lunde at second base for the second out. However, Gerber scored on the play to bring the Tigers within one run of the Jammers’ lead. However, Julio Eusebio got Kivett to pop out to Ross at first base to end the game. For Eusebio, it was his second save of the season.

Nick Neumann (3-2) earned the win after he allowed a run on two hits while striking out one over 2-1/3 innings of work. Austin Colley got the start for Jamestown and surrendered five hits while striking out two over 2-2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

At the plate for the Jammers, which went 4 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base, Escobar (double, two runs) was 4 for 5 while Anderson (RBI) and Krause (RBI) had two hits each.

For the Tigers, Kivett and Pirtle (double, RBI) had two hits each in the loss. Connecticut finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Spencer Turnbull (0-2) suffered the loss after he failed to get out of the second inning. He finished allowing five runs – four earned – on seven hits while striking out two and walking one.

Thursday, Aug. 7

Jamestown 3, Connecticut 2

Jamestown scored a run in the top of the first, fourth and ninth innings, and then held off a rally by Connecticut in the bottom of the ninth to earn its second-straight win.

Michael Suchy picked up an RBI on a ground out in the top of the first for the Jammers’ first win while Krause tripled in Suchy for their run in the fourth. Suchy led off the frame with a single. In the ninth, Krause reached on a throwing error by Mattlage at shortstop, moved to second on a wild pitch by Gabe Hemmer, and later scored on another Mattlage throwing error.

The Tigers’ comeback attempt began with a Verlander single to start the bottom of the ninth. Pirtle struck out swinging for the first out, but a Coffman double to right field put runners on second and third. Brown, who was sent to the plate as a pinch-hitter for Tim Remes, chased home Verlander with a ground out while Will Maddox singled in Coffman for Connecticut’s second run. Maddox then stole second, but was left stranded when Sam Street got Mattlage to ground out to Ross at first to end the game.

Lunde finished with a pair of hits for Jamestown, which went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Also for the Jammers, Krause tripled while Frank Duncan (2-2) earned the win on the mound. The 22-year-old righty allowed three hits while striking out six and walking one over five innings of scoreless ball. Street earned his fourth save of the season after he allowed two runs on three hits while striking out one.

Fernando Perez suffered the loss on the hill for the Tigers after he allowed two runs – one earned – on seven hits while striking out two and walking three. Paul Voelker and Hemmer combined to allow an unearned run on no hits while striking out five and walking none.

At the plate, Coffman (double, run) had two hits, as the Tigers finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Friday, Aug. 8

Connecticut 5, Jamestown 3

Connecticut broke a 1-all tie with a run in the bottom of the fourth and never looked back as they dropped Jamestown to snap its three-game losing streak.

Gerber singled to start the Tigers’ fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run after the next batter, Steven Fuentes, chased him home with a triple to right field.

Connecticut added a single run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth, before holding off the Jammers’ comeback bid in the top of the seventh.

Brown scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth for a 3-1 lead while Franklin Navarro picked up an RBI on a ground out and Jacob Kapstein doubled home Coffman for the Tigers’ two runs in the sixth.

Jamestown cut the Connecticut lead to 5-3 in the top of the seventh after Gushue doubled in Lunde and Escobar. However, Johan Bellisario, who came in to relieve Austin Pritcher, worked out of further trouble after he got Suchy to ground out to end the inning.

The Tigers got on the board first after Maddox tripled to center field and scored on a ground ball off the bat of Kivett. The Jammers tied the score 1-all in the top of the third on a double to center by Luplow that brought home Escobar.

Gushue (double, two RBIs) finished the game going 3 for 5 for the Jammers while Escobar (two runs) and Luplow (two doubles, RBI) had a pair of hits each in the loss. Jamestown finished 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Starter Montana DuRapau (1-2) suffered the loss after he allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one.

For the Tigers, Austin Pritcher (6-1) picked up the win after he allowed all three of the Jammers’ runs on eight hits and two walks. Joe Jimenez picked up his fourth save of the season after he worked around a two-out single by Luplow in the ninth. He finished with a pair of strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.33 on the season.

At the plate, Maddox went 2 for 4, including a triple and a run scored while Fuentes added a triple and Kapstein doubled. The Tigers ended the game going 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Saturday, Aug. 9

Jamestown 2,

Aberdeen 0

Jamestown scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning as it upended the Aberdeen Ironbirds at Ripken Stadium.

Luplow singled to start the decisive frame and moved to second on a throwing error by Ironbird catcher Alex Murphy. Krause then connected on a one-out triple to right to chase home Luplow with the eventual game-winning run. Andriese pinch ran for Krause and later came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Simpson.

Ross followed with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch by Derrick Bleeker, but was stranded in scoring position after Deybi Garcia struck out swinging to end the inning.

Karch worked around a two-out walk to Riley Palmer in the bottom of the ninth to earn his second save of the season while Oderman Rocha (1-2) earned his first win of the season. Rocha struck out one in two scoreless innings of relief. Tyler Eppler got the start and allowed six hits while striking out four and walking one over six innings of scoreless work.

At the plate, Trace Tam Sing went 3 for 4 while Luplow and Krause (double) had two hits each in the win for the Jammers, which went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

For the Ironbirds, Alexi Casilla had a pair of hits while Jamill Moquete doubled. Aberdeen finished 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Bleeker (1-2) suffered the loss after he allowed both Jamestown runs on four hits while striking out two. John Means worked the first five innings for Aberdeen and allowed four hits while striking out six.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Aberdeen 10,

Jamestown 4

Aberdeen broke a scoreless tie with a three-run bottom of the third Sunday, before cruising to a 10-4 win over Jamestown.

Austin Anderson had an RBI groundout to get the Ironbirds on the board first while Alex Murphy and Jamill Moquete had run-scoring singles for the 3-0 lead.

The Ironbirds put the game away in the bottom of the fourth after they scored six runs on eight hits, including a three-run home run by Austin Anderson and solo homers by Hector Veloz and Riley Palmer. Their final run of the game came on an RBI single off the bat of Murphy.

Jamestown scored three runs in the top of the fifth and one more in their half of the eighth.

In the fifth, Ross had an RBI double, Forgione a run-scoring ground out and Anderson an RBI single. In the eighth, Suchy, who reached on a one-out double, scored on a wild pitch by Josh Walker.

McCrae (2-4) suffered the loss after he allowed eight runs on 11 hits and two walks over 3-1/3 innings of work. Stephen Tarpley (2-3) picked up the win after he allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking two over the game’s first seven innings.

At the plate for the Jammers, Anderson, Suchy (double) and Forgione (RBI) all went 2 for 4 while Simpson and Ross both added doubles. Jamestown finished the game 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

For the Ironbirds, which had 19 hits on the day, Casilla had three hits, including a double, while Jay Gonzalez (two runs), Austin Anderson (home run, run, four RBIs), Murphy (two RBIs), Veloz (home run, RBI, run), Palmer (home run, RBI) and Moquete (RBI) all had two hits in the win. Also for Aberdeen, which went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base, No. 9 hitter Federico Castagnini went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

The Jammers finish up their two-game set with the Ironbirds today at 7:05 p.m., before retuning home to play three games against Auburn and one against Batavia. Jamestown ends its week with a game at Dwyer Stadium against the Muckdogs, before the teams return to Diethrick Park to begin a three-game series.