Jammers close homestand with doubleheader split

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Jamestown earned a split of a doubleheader with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Wednesday, at Diethrick Park, wrapping up a successful six-game homestand.

In the opener, the completion of Tuesday evening’s suspended game, the Jammers had to settle for a 5-3 setback. The two-run final margin was the same deficit facing Jamestown when the game started as the Scrappers held a 2-0 lead in the second inning at the time of suspension on Tuesday.

The Jammers (9-6) tied the game in the fourth inning after scoring single runs in both the third and fourth frames. Jeff Roy grounded into a double play in the fourth, but Dave Valesente was able to score on the play, making it 2-1. In the next inning, Jimmy Rider’s sacrifice fly scored Danny Collins knotting things at 2-2.

Mahoning Valley forged back ahead with a two-run fifth but the Jammers kept battling back. After Collins’ solo homer to left center in the sixth, the Jammers again trailed by just one run. The homer was Collins’ league-leading fifth of the season.

That would be the last bit of good news for Jamestown in game one as the Scrappers added an insurance run in the seventh and Mahoning Valley relievers Joshua Nervis and Ben Heller kept the hosts off the board the rest of the way.

Six different Jammers batters recorded one hit in the loss. Cesar Lopez took the loss, pitching three innings and allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.

In the nightcap, the Jammers spotted the Scrappers a 3-0 lead in the second before rallying to score the final seven runs of the game. Starter Shane Carle settled down after a rocky second inning and combined with relievers Jared Lakind and Roberto Espinosa to shut the Scrappers down during the final five innings.

The Jammers quickly erased the three-run deficit with three runs of their own in the second. Collins led off with a double and moved to third on Edwin Espinal’s double. Rider then followed with a big single that scored both before scoring himself on a Valesente groundout.

The game remained knotted until the fifth when the hosts put the game out of reach with a four-run inning. Harold Ramirez put the Jammers ahead for good with an RBI double, Espinal followed with a two-run single and Rider singled home another run to complete the night’s scoring.

The Jammers totaled nine hits in the victory, including three from Espinal and two each from Ramirez and Rider. Lakind was credited with the win, allowing no runs on one hit in two innings of work.

Jamestown hits the road Thursday, opening a three-game series in Auburn. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.