The Jamestown Jammers went 5-1 this week during New York-Penn League action and improved their record to 29-32.
The Jammers won five games in a row to start the week, including three over Aberdeen and two more over Batavia, before they fell to the Muckdogs on Sunday.
The Jammers still sit eight games behind Pinckney Division-leading State College (38-25), but are now just 4-1/2 games behind the Brooklyn Cyclones (34-28) for the wild card spot. Jamestown has 12 games remaining on its schedule.
Monday, Aug. 11
Jamestown 10, Aberdeen 5
Jamestown scored 10 runs on nine hits en route to a win over the Aberdeen IronBirds.
After falling behind 2-0 after the second inning and 5-4 after the fifth inning, the Jammers struck for two runs in the top of the seventh inning and four more in the top of the eighth to put the game away.
Michael Suchy scored on an error for Jamestown's first run in the seventh, before Francisco Aponte tripled in David Andriese for the second run. In the eighth, Jordan Luplow doubled in Elvis Escobar, Andriese had a two-run single and Aponte drove in the fourth run on a single of his own.
Aponte finished the game 3 for 5, including a triple and a pair of RBIs while Erik Lunde had a pair of hits and a run-batted in for the Jammers, who went 6 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
The Jammers took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth on a passed ball that chased home Andriese, a run-scoring single off the bat of Lunde and a wild pitch that allowed Trace Tam Sing to scamper home. Jamestown added to its lead in the fifth after an error allowed Luplow to score from third base.
But Aberdeen fought back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth, before Jamestown put the game away with its six late runs.
Julio Eusebio (1-1) picked up his first win of the year after he tossed 2-1/3 innings of three-hit scoreless relief. Eusebio struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Nik Nowottnick (2-2) suffered the loss after he allowed three runs - two earned - on two hits over 3-1/3 innings of relief. He struck out three and walked one.
Thursday, Aug. 14
After two days of having games rained out at Russell E. Diethrick Park, Jamestown and Auburn played a doubleheader Thursday, with the Jammers taking both games.
In the first game, the Jammers fell behind 1-0 after the top of the first inning and were held scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning.
Taylor Gushue led off the Jamestown fifth with a single and moved to second after Andriese walked. Another walk to Aponte loaded the bases for Sing, who singled in Gushue to tie the game at 1-1. Then, a single by Lunde chased home Andriese and Aponte with the eventual game-winning runs.
Frank Duncan (3-2) earned the win in the seven-inning game, after he allowed a run on five hits over the game's first six innings. He struck out nine while Eric Karch earned his third save of the season after he struck out two in a perfect seventh inning.
Jamestown finished the game 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position and left two men on base while Auburn was 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. The Doubledays lone run came on a double of the bat of Austin Davidson in the top of the first inning.
In the second game, Jamestown held off a seventh-inning rally by Auburn to earn their third-straight win.
Holding a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the seventh, Miguel Rosario got himself into trouble after he allowed a lead off single to Diomedes Eusebio, before he got D.K. Carey and Jeff Gardner to go down swinging. However, Garrett Gordon and Willie Medina singled to load the bases, before Kyle Bacak hit a two-run single to cut the Jammers' lead in half, 4-2. A Bryan Mejia double chased home Medina to bring the Doubledays to within one, but Eric Dorsch relieved Rosario and got Osvaldo Abreu to ground out to end the game.
Jamestown built a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a ground out off the bat of Carl Anderson, a wild pitch and a single by Suchy. The Jammers added to the lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single off the bat of Deybi Garcia.
Montana DuRapau (2-2) picked up the win after he allowed just three hits in five scoreless innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Austen Williams (2-3) took the loss for Auburn after he allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one over the game's first three innings.
Jamestown finished the game 3 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base while Auburn was 3 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
Friday, Aug. 15
Jamestown 6, Batavia 0
Jamestown won its fourth game in a row Friday after defeating Batavia at Diethrick Park.
The Jammers opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second, before increasing their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third. They scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth for the 6-0 final.
Chase Simpson homered to center field for Jamestown's run in the second while Suchy picked up two RBIs on a triple to make the score 3-0 in the bottom of the third. A Gushue single put the Jammers up 4-0, before Simpson collected two more RBIs with a double in the fifth to make it 6-0.
Tyler Eppler (1-2) picked up the win after scattering three hits while striking out five over the game's first six innings. Jerry Mulderig and Jose Regalado finished off the shutout, as the pair combined to allow two hits while striking out five. The three Jamestown pitchers did not issue a walk.
Jacob Smigelski (2-1) took the loss after he allowed all six of the Jammers' runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked four.
At the plate for Jamestown, which went 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base, Escobar was 3 for 4 while Suchy (triple, two RBIs, two runs) and Simpson (double, home run, three RBIs) both had two hits in the win.
For Batavia, Mason Davis had a pair of hits, as the Muckdogs finished 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
Saturday, Aug. 16
Jamestown 4, Batavia 3
Jamestown ran its winning streak to five with a win over Batavia at Dwyer Stadium.
After both teams plated a run in the first inning, the Jammers went ahead with two runs in the top of the third inning while adding their fourth run in the top of the fourth. The Muckdogs scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead to, 4-3, where the score remained for the rest of the game.
Luplow singled in Escobar for Jamestown's run in the top of the first while Brad Haynal singled in Davis to tie the game.
Then, in the Jammers' half of the third, Luplow connected for a two-run home run and in the fourth, an Andriese home run gave the Jammers a three-run cushion. But the Muckdogs were able to cut the Jammers' lead to one in the bottom of the fourth.
Haynal doubled to start the frame, before moving to third on a single off the bat of Aaron Blanton. Kevin Grove followed with a double that chased home Haynal while Rodrigo Vigil picked up an RBI on a ground out.
Alex McCrae was able to work out of further trouble by getting Ryan Aper and Wildert Pujols to ground out to end the inning.
McCrae picked up the win after he allowed all three Muckdog runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked one over six innings of work. Sam Street picked up his fifth save of the season after he pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Jorgan Cavanerio (3-5) suffered the loss after he allowed four runs - three earned - on seven hits while striking out three and walking one.
At the plate for the Jammers, which finished the game 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base, Escobar was 3 for 4 and Luplow 2 for 3, including a home run and three RBIs.
The Muckdogs' Blanton went 3 for 3 while Davis (double, run), Javier Lopez, Haynal (double, run) and Grove (double, RBI) all had two hits in the loss. Batavia finished the game 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
Sunday, Aug. 17
Batavia 4, Jamestown 3
Jamestown saw its five-game win streak come to an end Sunday after it lost to Batavia at Diethrick Park.
Jamestown held leads of 2-0 and 3-2, but Batavia rallied back each time for the win, tying the game 2-all in the fifth and going ahead for good with a pair of runs in the ninth.
Down 3-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, Davis and Iramis Olivencia worked two-out walks off Rosario to get the Muckdogs' rally started. Dorsch came in to try and shut the door, but a two-run double by Carlos Duran proved to be the difference.
The Jammers had a chance in the bottom of the ninth after Erik Forgione hit a one-out single and Luplow walked with two down. However, Alex Carreras got Gushue to fly out to center field to end the game.
Jamestown built a 2-0 lead on an Escobar home run in the first and a sacrifice fly in the second that chased home Simpson.
The Muckdogs crept back into the game with a K.J. Woods home run in the fourth and tied the game in the fifth on a run-scoring single off the bat off Haynal.
Jamestown retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth after Gushue doubled home Escobar.
Rosario (2-2) suffered the loss after he allowed two runs on no hits while striking out three and walking as many. Dorsch was charged with the blown save, his first of the year.
Juancito Martinez (2-1) earned the win after he allowed a run on two hits while striking out one and walking two. Carreras picked up the save, his second of the year, after he worked around a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the ninth.
At the plate for the Jammers, Escobar (home run) and Simpson (run) had two hits each in the loss. Jamestown finished the game 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
Carlos Duran (double), Haynal and Woods (double, home run) all had two hits for the Muckdogs, which finished 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
The Jammers resume their three-game set with the Muckdogs Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Diethrick Park. The third game is scheduled for Thursday at 7:05 p.m., before State College comes in for a three-game series beginning on Friday.