Jammers pile up runs in perfect 3-0 weekend

AUBURN, N.Y.; JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – It was a weekend to remember for the Jamestown Jammers.

The Jammers (13-6) swept a road doubleheader with Auburn on Saturday and returned home to defeat Batavia on Sunday, finishing a weekend of offensive explosion with a perfect 3-0 record and improving to a New York-Penn League best 13-6 on the 2013 season. In the three games, the Jammers plated 39 runs on 53 hits.

The memorable weekend started Saturday in Auburn with the completion of Friday’s rain-suspended contest with the Doubledays. With the game tied 1-1, Jamestown scored four times in the sixth and seventh innings and six more times in the eighth en route to a 15-5 victory.

Edwin Espinal had a two-run single in the sixth and Harold Ramirez and Michael Fransoso added RBI hits to get things rolling. In the seventh, Fransoso brought home a pair with a single and Espinal another duo with a double. Finally, Ramirez added a two-run double, Jin-De Jhang a two-run single, JaCoby Jones an RBI single and Francisco Aponte an RBI groundout in the eighth.

Jones and Fransoso led the 16-hit attack with three hits each. Espinal drove in four and Ramirez and Fransoso each finished with three RBI. Ramirez and Danny Collins scored three runs each and Cesar Lopez earned his first win of the season.

The hit parade continued in a 14-1, seven-inning nightcap victory over the Doubledays (6-12). Jamestown scored in five of its seven at-bats, including a seven-run outburst in the second that made it 8-0. The team finished the win with season-high 20 hits.

Highlighting the seven-run second were the bases loaded triple from Collins, the two-run single from Yhonathan Barrios and the RBI singles of Adam Frazier and Fransoso. Jamestown would go on to add two-spots in the third, fourth and seventh innings.

Starter Chad Kuhl, winner Justin Topa and reliever Kurt Yacko allowed just four Auburn hits and one run while striking out six. Offensively, the Jammers got four-hit nights from Jones and Fransoso. Barrios, Ramirez and Collins all drove in three runs and Jones and Beau Wallace each scored three times.

That offensive surge carried over to Sunday as Jamestown returned home to entertain the Batavia Muckdogs. Playing on the familiar surface of Diethrick Park, Jamestown trailed 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth when the hosts erupted for eight runs, effectively ending the game and sending it to its fifth straight victory.

Jones tied the game with an RBI single and the Jammers edged ahead for good when Frazier scored on a Batavia balk. Collins’ RBI single made it 4-2, a two-run double from Wallace made it 6-2 and the lead was pushed to six when a ball put into play by Dave Valesente was misplayed for an error. Before the inning ended, Frazier hit a sacrifice fly in his second at-bat of the inning to make it 9-2.

That was more than enough for Jamestown starter Jackson Lodge who worked six strong innings to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Frazier and Jeff Roy led the 17-hit effort with three hits each and Jones, Ramirez, Collins and Espinal added two hits each.

Jamestown will try to make it six or seven straight on Monday when it travels to Batavia for doubleheader action.