Conn. Tigers hold off Jammers

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Stedler Division Connecticut Tigers spoiled Jamestown’s return from a six-game road trip, Wednesday at Diethrick Park, defeating the Jammers by a 3-2 count in front of 1,965 fans.

The Tigers (12-17) did all of their damage in a single inning, plating the first three runs of the game in the top of the third. Facing Jammers starter Chad Kuhl, Connecticut set the table with singles from Pat Leyland and Austin Schotts before taking a 2-0 lead on Curt Powell’s two-run triple.

Moments later, Powell scored on Dominic Ficociello’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Jamestown would spend the rest of the game chipping away at the Tigers’ lead, however, it would never quite get there. The Jammers’ first run of the night came in the fourth inning when Jacoby Jones led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a balk. Two pitches later, Jin-De Jhang grounded out to first, scoring Jones and making it 3-1.

That would be the lest Jammers run until the bottom of the ninth when Jamestown nearly pulled even with Connecticut.

The Tigers quickly recorded two outs before the Jammers began to rally.

Jhang, Harold Ramirez and Michael Fransoso all singled with two outs and Fransoso’s single scored Jhang to make it 3-2. After Fransoso’s hit, Connecticut called on Zac Renninger to replace Jonathan Maciel and that proved to be the difference.

Renninger forced Danny Collins to line out sharply to third and the Tigers preserved the one-run win.

The Jammers finished with just six hits in Wednesday’s loss -one each from Adam Frazier, Jones, Jhang, Ramirez, Fransoso and Jeff Roy. Kuhl allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with six strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Despite the tough night and 0-1 season record, Kuhl’s ERA is a miniscule 1.20 this season.

Jamestown (17-12) will try to avenge the setback Thursday when it again hosts the Tigers.

Connecticut 003 000 000 – 3 9 1

Jamestown 000 100 001 – 2 6 4

2b-Curt Powell (C). 3b-Powell (C). WP-Austin Pritcher. LP-Chad Kuhl. Save-Zac Renninger.