The Jamestown Jammers went 1-5 last week in New York-Penn League play, remaining eight games back of the Pickney Division-leading Auburn Doubledays.
The Jammers are now 3-9 in their last 12 games and are 10 1/2 games back of the Brooklyn Cyclones for the final playoff position.
Jamestown opened its week with a double-header loss to Hudson Valley, losing both games by identical 4-2 scores. The Jammers then split a pair of games with the Doubledays, falling 5-4 on Tuesday, before snapping a six-game losing streak with a 10-6 win on Wednesday. A 7-3 loss to Williamsport on Thursday preceded a rainout on Friday at Russell Diethrick Park, before State College came into town for a weekend set, which saw the Jammers fall to the Spikes, 5-2.
Jose Rodriguez (2-1) picked up the Jammers' only win of the week, working 2-1/3 innings in a 10-6 win over the Doubledays, allowing an unearned run on three hits while striking out three and walking one in relief of Sean Donatello. The Jammers' starter allowed two runs on five hits while striking out one and walking two over 4-2/3 innings.
Despite an improved performance at the plate with runners in scoring position - the Jammers were 13 of 41 (.317) this week compared to 12 of 57 (.211) last week - Jamestown's defense played much worse, committing eight errors.
On the season, Jamestown is now hitting .243, slugging .347 and has an on-base percentage of .310 and an OPS (on-base percentage+slugging percentage) of .657. The Jammers have also hit the third-most home runs with 27, the ninth-most doubles with 81 and have stolen the ninth-most bases (39).
The Jamestown pitching staff has thrown to a collective ERA of 3.36, the sixth-best in the league while striking out the fifth-most batters (395). The Jammers' WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched) is 1.39, 10th-best in the league of 14 teams.
Tri-City leads the New York-Penn League in hitting at .277, and has hit a league-best 33 home runs. The ValleyCats also lead the league in slugging percentage (.398), are first in on-base percentage (.361) and have a league-leading OPS of .759.
Brooklyn has arguably the best pitching staff, as it has a league-best 2.46 ERA, has struckout a league-best 469 batters and has pitched to a league-best WHIP of 1.02.
Jamestown will be off today and Tuesday, as the New York-Penn League will host its all-star game at Eastwood Field, in Niles, Ohio, on Tuesday. The field is home to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
The Jammers had four players selected to play in the game, as outfielders Jesus Solorzano and Juancito Martinez will join first baseman Viosergy Rosa and relief pitcher Nick Wittgreen.
Solorzano was hitting .296 through games played on Saturday, Aug. 11, with a team-high eight home runs while driving in 24. Martinez is hitting .242 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and 14 stolen bases while Rosa has three home runs, 15 RBIs and is hitting at a .279 clip this season. Wittgren has saved 11 games for the Jammers, pitching to a 1.46 ERA over 17 appearances.
When regular-season play resumes, the Jammers will be on the road to face State College for two games and Williamsport for two games.