Jammers suffer first defeat

NILES, Ohio – It took the Jamestown Jammers over 22 innings to give up their first run of the season.

When it finally happened, they couldn’t find a way to keep numbers off the board.

Mahoning Valley scored in the final five innings of the night, rallying from a 6-0 deficit and stunning the mistake-prone Jamestown Jammers, 7-6, Wednesday at Eastwood Field.

The loss denied Jamestown a season-opening sweep heading into Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. home opener with Williamsport at Diethrick Park in Jamestown.

The Jammers (2-1) appeared to be cruising to a 3-0 start when they put a six-spot on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Jamestown collected five of its seven hits in the inning, including a two-run single from Max Rossiter and RBI doubles from Jodaneli Carvajal and Elvis Escobar. Michael Francisco worked a bases loaded walk to bring home another run and Jeff Roy hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

After 22 and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball to start the season, Jamestown finally allowed a run in the bottom of the fifth when Mahoning Valley’s Claudio Bautista delivered a two-out RBI single. From there, Jamestown led 6-1, but things quickly turned ugly.

Relief pitcher David Jagoditsh plunked four straight batters in the bottom of the sixth and the lead was cut to 6-2. A pair of leadoff walks in the seventh ultimately helped set up a two-run triple from Robel Garcia and the Jammers led just 6-5 after seven innings.

Jamestown’s implosion continued in the eighth and ninth innings. The Jammers walked home the tying run in the eighth and also walked home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to complete the collapse.

The numbers for the series finale were not pretty. The Jamestown defense was charged with five errors and Jammers pitching hit six Scrappers batters and walked seven more.

Starter Dovydas Neverauskas allowed just one run on four hits in five innings of work while striking out three. However, the bullpen did not have a good outing. Combined, the bullpen pitched three innings, allowing six runs on just one hit while walking seven.

Offensively, Caravajal and Harold Ramirez had two hits each with Escobar, Jesus Vasquez and Rossiter added one hit each.

Jamestown 000 600 000 – 6 7 5

Mahoning Vly 000 011 311 – 7 5 1

2b-Jodaneli Carvajal (J), Elvis Escobar (J), Justin Romero (M). 3b-Robel Garcia (M). WP-Manuel Carmona. LP-Axel Diaz.