Jammers win in walk-off

JAMESTOWN, NY Better late than never.

After being locked in a pitchers duel for the first 8 and a half innings, the Jamestown Jammers walked-off on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, defeating the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1-0 in front of 340 fans at Russell Diethrick, Jr. Park on Monday night.

Both teams had a scoring opportunities in the first. Mahoning Valley had two on with two out but Jammers starter Jackson Lodge got Josh McAdams to fly out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the frame, Jammers SS Michael Fransoso singled with out out, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball with. Jansoso was stranded after Harold Rodriguez grounded out to Scrapper starter Wesley Matthews and catcher Jin-De Jhang popped out to short to end the inning.

The Jammers were able to get two on with one away in the fourth but couldn’t convert on that opportunity.

Lodge fired five scoreless frames for the Jammers and was relieved by Axel Diaz, who threw two scoreless innings, striking out three.

Kevin Kleis came on and retired six of the seven Scrappers he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.

That set the stage for the Jammers.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Jin-De Jhang singled to left. The next batter, Danny Collins, doubled to left. With runners on second and third with one out, Edwin Espinal played hero, driving a pitch to right field that was deep enough to allow Jhang to score on the sacrifice fly.

Kleis was credited with the win in relief.

With the win, the Jammers move to 8-5 and will maintain at least a share of first place in the Pinckney Division.

The series continues tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. when Isaac Sanchez, 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA, is slated to pitch for the Jammers against the Scrapper’s Luis Lugo, who comes into the game with a 1-1 record but a .60 ERA through 15 innings.