By GIB SNYDER III
OBSERVER Sports Reporter
After going 4-2 last week, the Jamestown Jammers went 2-6 this past week to fall to 17-26 on the New York-Penn League season and now sit 12-1/2 games behind Pinckney Division-leading State College (29-13).
The Jammers opened up the week by losing their third-straight to the Staten Island Yankees on Monday, before they dropped a pair of games to the Auburn Doubledays at Russell E. Diehtrick Park, on Wednesday and Thursday. Jamestown then traveled up Interstate 90 for three games against the Batavia Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium. The Jammers lost two of three, before traveling back home, where they beat the Muckdogs, 4-2. The Jammers ended the week with a 3-1 loss to the Doubledays.
Monday, July 21
Staten Island 2, Jamestown 1
The Jamestown Jammers dropped their third-straight game to Staten Island, as the Yankees scored a run in the bottom of the second and another in the third, before holding off the Jammers in the end for the win.
The Yankees' run in the second came on an RBI single by Nathan Mikolas while their run in the third was scored on a Luis Torrens single.
The Jammers mounted a bit of a come back in the top of the eighth, as David Andriese scored on a wild pitch, but Erik Forgione grounded out and Francisco Aponte flew out to end the inning.
Luis Niebla (2-0) picked up the win after tossing 3-1/3 innings of relief. Niebla allowed a run on four hits while striking out three and walking two. Tim Giel earned his first save of the year after he allowed no hits and no runs over the game's final 1-2/3 innings.
Frank Duncan (1-2) suffered the loss, as he allowed two run on five hits while striking out five and walking one.
Aponte, Taylor Gushue, Kevin Krause (double) and Erik Lunde all had hits for the Jammers, who went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.
In the win, the Yankees went 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
Tuesday, July 22
Auburn, 5, Jamestown 3
Auburn used a four-run top of the fourth inning and scored its fifth run in the top of the sixth to hand Jamestown its fourth-straight loss.
In the decisive fourth inning, Raudy Read hit a three-run home run to left field and Cody Gunter added a solo shot to right for the Doubledays and they never looked back.
In the top of the sixth, Bryan Mejia chased home Read with a sacrifice fly to put Auburn up 5-0. Reynaldo Lopez (3-2) picked up the win after he tossed six innings of three-hit ball. He struck out four and walked two while Tyler Mapes earned his third save of the season after he threw two scoreless innings to end the game.
The Jammers' three runs came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jordan Luplow struck out swinging, but reached first when catcher Alex Marquez allowed a passed ball. Gushue and Michael Suchy followed with singles, with Suchy's chasing home Luplow with the Jammers' first run of the game. Krause walked to load the bases, before a wild pitch by Mario Sanchez allowed Gushue to score Jamestown's second run. Then, Aponte grounded out to first baseman Diomedes Eusebio, forcing in Suchy.
Marek Minarik (1-3) suffered the loss after he allowed four runs on three hits while striking out four and walking one.
The Jammers finished the game 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base while the Doubledays finished 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Wednesday, July 23
Auburn 6, Jamestown 2
Auburn scored three runs in the first and six more in the top of the fifth to send Jamestown to its fifth win in a row.
Travis Ott (1-1) picked up the win on the hill as he allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking two, while Austin Davidson and Read drove in two RBIs each.
Also for the Doubledays, who went 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base, Osvaldo Abreu and Read had two hits each while Jose Marmolejos-Diaz doubled.
Tyler Eppler (0-2) suffered the loss after he allowed four runs - two earned - on four hits while striking out four and walking one.
Jamestown, which went 1 for 3 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base, was led by Suchy, who went 3 for 4, including a triple, while Andriese had a pair of hits, including a double.
The Doubledays built a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run off the bat of Davidson and a Gunter sacrifice fly, while in the top of the fifth, Read had a two-run home run and Brian Langlois chipped in a run-scoring single.
The Jammers scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Krause in the bottom of the second and a single by Forgione in the bottom of the fifth.
Thursday, July 24
Jamestown snapped its five-game losing streak with a win over Batavia in the first game of a double-header at Dwyer Stadium.
The Jammers dropped the second game to fall to 1-4 on the week.
In their win, the Jammers scored two runs in the top of the second and another in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. The Muckdogs' lone run came in the bottom of the sixth.
Ross drove in Suchy with a ground ball for Jamestown's first run while Forgione plated Krause with a single. Then, in the top of the fourth, Lunde picked up an RBI on a ground out that chased home Andriese.
The Muckdogs scored their run on a Wildert Pujols singled to left.
Alex McCrae (1-2) picked up the win after he tossed five innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just two hits and struck out six. Sam Street earned his third save of the season after he allowed a run on four hits while striking out two.
Gabriel Castellanos (1-3) suffered the loss on the mound for Batavia after he allowed three runs - one earned - on four hits while striking out five and walking two.
Krause finished the game 2 for 3, including a double and a run scored for Jamestown, which went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
The Muckdogs were just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
In the Muckdogs' win, they scored five runs in the bottom of the second and four more in the bottom of the third, before adding their 10th run in the top of the fifth.
Pujols led Batavia with a pair of doubles and three RBIs while Ryan Aper had a pair of doubles of his own and four RBIs with two runs scored. Also for the Muckdogs, Hiram Martinez had tow hits, including a double, with an RBI and two runs scored.
Jacob Smigelski (2-0) earned the win after he threw five innings of one-hit ball. He struck out four, before Josh Hodges finished the game allowing a hit, striking out four and walking one over two innings of work.
Jamestown's two hits came on a Suchy single in the top of the fifth and an Elvis Escobar triple in the top of the sixth. He was stranded at third after Luplow struck out swinging and Gushue grounded out.
Jamestown finished the game 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base while Batavia was 6 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Friday, July 25
Batavia 7, Jamestown 2
A five-run bottom of the third inning buoyed Batavia's second-straight win over Jamestown.
Pujols singled in Martinez for the Doubledays' first run while Carlos Duncan doubled in Aaron Blanton for their second and Kevin Grove homered for the final three runs of the inning.
Jamestown got two runs in the top of the fourth on run-scoring singles by Andriese and Lunde, cutting the Batavia lead to 5-2.
But that was as close as the Jammers got to the Muckdogs' lead, as Aper doubled in Kevin Grove and Iramis Olivencia for a 7-2 lead.
Steven Farnworth earned the win after he threw four innings of scoreless relief. He allowed three hits and struck out one in relief of Ben Holmes, who allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits and two walks.
Montana DuRapau (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking one over the game's first five innings to take the loss.
Gushue (double), Ross (run), Lunde (RBI) all had two hits in the loss for Jamestown, which went 3 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Batavia finished the game 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.
Saturday, July 26
Jamestown 4, Batavia 4
After dropping 2 of 3 games to Batavia at Dwyer Stadium, Jamestown returned home to Russell E. Diethrick Park and needed 10 innings to pick up just its second win of the week.
Tied 2-all heading into the bottom of the 10th, Suchy singled with two outs, before Krause hit a walk-off home run to left field.
Luis Urena (1-0) picked up the win after he threw a scoreless top of the 10th inning while Escobar, Gushue and Krause all had two hits. Jerry Mulderig was charged with a blown save - his first of the season - after Pujols chased home Blanton with a single to center field.
Hodges (0-2) suffered the loss after he allowed two runs on two hits while walking one.
Jamestown built a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Carl Anderson single and a ground out off the bat of Gushue.
Grove homered to left field in the top of the second inning to cut the Jammers' lead in half, 2-1.
Sunday, July 27
Auburn 3, Jamestown 1
Auburn scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth to pick up the win.
Jeff Gardner walked to open the frame, before moving up to second on a wild pitch by Marek Minarik. Then, Cody Gunter singled him in for the Doubledays' first run, before Marmolejos-Diaz drove him in with a sacrifice fly. A Read double plated Clay Williamson, who reached on a fielder's choice.
The Jammers' lone run came in the top of the seventh on Gushue's fifth home run of the season.
Mario Sanchez moved to 3-0 on the year after he allowed a run on three hits over three innings of relief. Chase McDowell earned his second save of the season after he threw two innings of perfect relief in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Jammers finished the game 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base while Andriese and Trace Tam Sing added doubles in the loss.
For Auburn, Read (double), Bruan Langlois and Gunter all had hits. The Doubledays finished the game 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
Jamestown is back in action today when it continues its three-game set with Auburn, before it returns home to play Hudson Valley from July 30 through Aug. 1. The Jammers then host Lowell from Aug. 2-4, before heading back out on the road for three games against Connecticut and three games against Aberdeen.