The New York-Penn League opened its season this past week and the Jamestown Jammers began by taking two of the first three games of a four-game set with Mahoning Valley.
After losing the opener to the Scrappers, 10-9, on Friday at Russell E. Diethrick Park, the Jammers took the next two games 4-1 and 9-4, respectively.
In its season-opening loss, Jamestown fell behind 4-1 after the first inning and 5-1 after the second. Mahoning Valley increased its lead to 7-1 in the top of the third on a two-run double off the bat of Leo Castillo, but Jamestown battled back with a pair of runs of its own on an RBI double by Erik Lunde and a single by Kevin Ross.
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Jamestown Jammers’ reliever Jonathan Minier delivers to the plate during Friday’s New York-Penn League season opener at Diethrick Park.
The Scrappers added another run in the top of the fourth, but the Jammers added two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI groundout off the bat of Francisco Aponte and a run-scoring single from Enyel Vallejo, which cut Mahoning Valley's lead to, 8-5.
Francisco Mejia picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice in the top of the fifth to increase the Scrappers' lead to 9-5, but a solo home run by Taylor Gushue brought Jammers to within three, 9-6.
Mahoning Valley scored its final run in the top of the sixth, as Mejia picked up his second RBI of the game on another ground ball. From there, Jamestown began to chip away at the Mahoning Valley lead.
In the sixth, Carl Anderson had an RBI single while Joel Mejia chased home D'vone McClure on an RBI ground out, to bring the Jammers to within two, 10-8. After a scoreless seventh, the Jammers started a rally in the bottom of the eighth.
Anderson singled and moved to second on a fielder's choice, before scoring on Gushue's triple. But that would be it for the home team, as reliever James Stokes got Kevin Ross to ground out to third and Tyler Filliben swinging to end the threat. Stokes worked around a single and an error in the ninth to pick up the save.
Luis Gomez was credited with the win after tossing three innings in relief of starter Sean Brady. Gomez allowed three runs on three hits while striking out six and walking two. Stokes earned the save after allowing a run on three hits while striking out two over the game's final two innings.
The Jammers' Miguel Rosario suffered the loss after allowing four runs on three hits while walking one in just 2/3 of an inning. Jonathan Minier, Jerry Mulderig and Andy Otamendi also pitched for the Jammers. Otamendi had the most success, as he allowed one hit and struck out three in three innings of work.
Despite scoring nine runs, the Jammers had their chances as they went 6 for 20 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base. Mahoning Valley was 6 for 24 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
On Saturday, the Jammers received much better pitching, as Marek Minarik, Andres Mendoza and Oderman Rocha combined to allow a run on five hits while striking out four and walking three.
Mendoza earned the win after tossing three innings in relief of Minarik, who worked the first four innings. Minarik allowed a hit, struck out three and walked as many in four innings of work while Mendoza allowed a run on four hits. Rocha tossed two hitless frames to end the game and earn his first save of the season. He struck out one and did not issue a walk.
The Jammers got on the board in the bottom of the first as Gushue hit his second home run of the season, a line drive to center field that brought home Anderson. Jamestown added a run in the fifth on an RBI double off the bat of Ross, before scoring its final run in the bottom of the eighth, as Ulises Montilla chased home Filliben on a ground out.
The Scrappers' lone run of the game came in the top of the sixth after Jaun De La Cruz double with one out, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a single off the bat of Yonathan Mendoza.
Juan Santana suffered the loss for Mahoning Valley after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two over 4-2/3 innings.
The Jammers were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base while the Scrappers finished the day 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base. Michael Suchy went 2 for 3 at the plate for Jamestown, including a triple in the bottom of the fifth.
In the final game of the three-game set, the Jammers wasted little time in building a lead they were never in serious doubt of losing.
After a scoreless first inning, Jamestown scored six runs in the bottom of the second. Chase Simpson walked to begin the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Filliben. A wild pitch chased Simpson to third, before he came home on a double off the bat of Michael Fransoso. Enyel Vallejo followed with a run-scoring single for a 2-0 lead and he advanced to second on a throwing error by center fielder Joel Mejia. A single by Anderson put runners on the corners for Lunde, who brought home Vallejo on a single to center field. An infield single by Gushue loaded the bases, before a passed ball allowed Anderson to score and Lunde and Gushue to move up a base. Suchy was hit by a pitch to reload the bases for Ross, who picked up an RBI on a ground out to third baseman Mendoza. Simpson walked for the second time in the inning reloading the bases yet again, before Filliben was hit by a pitch to force home Gushue with the Jammers' sixth and final run of the inning.
Both teams went scoreless into the fifth inning, but in the bottom of the frame, Jamestown increased its lead to 9-0 on a bases-loaded walk to Lunde and a two-run single by Gushue.
The Scrappers scored all of their runs in their final two at-bats. In the top of the eighth, Jorge Martinez had a two-run double and Joel Mejia an RBI single while in the ninth, Mendoza chased home Nick Hamilton with an RBI single.
Joes Regalado picked up the win after tossing three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit and struck out two after taking over for Tyler Eppler, who worked the game's first three innings. Eppler did not allow a hit while striking out two.
Julio Eusebio allowed three runs on four hits while striking out three in his two innings of relief work for the Jammers while Luis Urena finished up. He allowed an unearned run on one hit.
Anderson, Gushue (two RBIs), Filliben (RBI) and Fransoso (two doubles, RBI) all had two hits in the win.
On the day, the Jammers were 6 for 15 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base while the Scrappers were 3 for 6 with runners in scoring in position and left four runners on base.
Jamestown is back in action today at 11 a.m., before traveling to Williamsport for three games. All games against the Crosscutters are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Jamestown is back at Diethrick Park on Friday for two games against State College, before hosting Williamsport for two games beginning at 4:05 on Sunday.