Early offense propels Jammers to second straight win

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – On Saturday, the Jammers’ pitching staff carried them to their first win of the season. The trio of Marek Minarik, Andres Mendoza, and Oderman Rocha stymied the Mahoning Valley Scrappers en route to a 4-1 victory. On Father’s Day, it was the Jammers’ offense, especially in the second inning, that carried them to their second consecutive win, 9-4 over Mahoning Vallley at Diethrick Park.

Twelve Jammers came to the plate in the bottom of the second – six runs were scored on five hits, highlighted by an RBI double by designated hitter Michael Fransoso, an RBI single by left fielder Enyel Vallejo, and an RBI single by second basemen Erik Lunde.

The Jammers put up three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chase Simpson started the inning with a single, and would eventually score on an error by Scrappers first basemen, Juan De La Cruz. Taylor Gushue also added a two-RBI single in the inning, continuing his torrid start to the season.

Carl Anderson, Gushue, Tyler Filliben, and Fransoso all had multiple hits to lead the Jammers’ 12-hit attack.

In his first career start, right-handed pitcher Tyler Eppler tossed three hitless innings, and struck out two. Jose Regalado then came on in relief, pitching three innings of scoreless ball, striking out two, and picking up the win.

Julio Eusebio would then come in to throw two innings, and gave up three runs on four hits, but did manage to strike out three Scrappers. Luis Urena would pitch the final inning, allowing one run on one hit.

The Jammers (2-1) will try to win the four-game series against the Scrappers (1-2) at 11:05 a.m. Monday. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2014 10th-round pick from the University of Jacksonville, Alex McRae, will get the start for the Jammers.

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2b-Jorge Martinez (M), Michael Fransoso (J) 2. WP-Jose Regalado (1-0). LP-Kieren Lovegrove (0-1).