Jammers suffer road loss against Tri-City

TROY, N.Y. – The Jamestown Jammers dropped the first of a three-game set against the Tri-City ValleyCats, 10-4, Friday night at Tri-City’s Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The Stedler Division leading ValleyCats pounded out three runs in the third inning, two in the fourth, and five more in the seventh to drop Jamestown to 31-19 on the year.

It was the Jammers who jumped ahead early when Edwin Espinal singled home Michael Fransoso in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Jamestown struck again in the top of the third, this time on an RBI single from Harold Ramirez that scored Adam Frazier, who had singled to lead off the frame.

That was the last advantage the Jammers would see in the evening, as Tri-City answered with a pair of big innings to put the visitors down 5-2.

A pair of sacrifice flies from Justin Maffei and Danny Collins in the sixth and seventh brought Jamestown within a run, but the ValleyCats five-run explosion ended any hopes of a comeback.

The lopsided final wasn’t for lack of hitting, as all but one started notched hits for the Jammers. Adam Frazier, Jeff Roy, Harold Ramirez, and Michael Fransoso led the way with a pair of hits each in the loss.

Jackson Lodge took the loss on the mound after allowing four earned runs in three innings.

Buddy Borden held the opponents scoreless over an inning and two thirds, striking out three and walking one.

The two teams meet again for the second game of the series Saturday night at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

Note: Clarion, Pa. native Jon Kemmer entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and reached base via walk. Kemmer was drafted in the 21st round by the Houston Astros, and is currently hitting .208 in 42 games with Tri-City. His four home runs are the second highest on the team.