Another rough week kept the Jamestown Jammers in fifth place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.
The Jammers started the week needing two days to complete a game against the Connecticut Tigers. The game started on Sunday, in Connecticut, but was suspended due to rain, picking up on Monday night. The Jammers eventually won 12-2, before falling in the regularly scheduled game, 3-1. The Jammers came home on Tuesday to face the Lowell Spinners, winning a 3-2 decision. The rest of the week did not go that well, however, as Jamestown finished 0-3 through games played on Saturday, losing a pair of games to Lowell, 4-2, and 3-2, respectively, before dropping a 5-1 decision Friday at Hudson Valley.
In its two wins this week, the Jammers outscored their opponents 15-4, hit 8 for 24 (.320) with runners in scoring position and committed one error. In its four losses, Jamestown was outscored 15-6, hit 4 for 33 (.121) with RISP and committed three errors.
The Jammers now stand at 20-25, eight games in back of division-leading Auburn, which is 28-17. Jamestown has nearly identical home and road records, as they sit at 10-13 in Diethrick Park and 10-12 on the road.
With only 30 games left in the season, the Jammers' chances of catching either Auburn or Wild Card-leading Brooklyn seem remote. The Jammers are 7 1/2 games behind the Cyclones for the final playoff spot.
Jamestown has been led at the plate this season by Viosergy Rosa, Jesus Solorzano and Juancito Martinez. Rosa leads all Jammers playing in at least 35 of the team's games with a .298 average, a .418 on-base percentage, three home runs, eight doubles and 13 RBIs. Solozano, who is hitting .275, leads the team with seven home runs and 22 RBIs, adding seven doubles. Martinez, hitting at .275, has added three home runs, five doubles, 12 RBIs and a team-high 14 stolen bases.
As a team, the Jammers are hitting just .242, ninth best in the New York-Penn League, have gotten on base at a .307 clip and have hit 24 home runs, just two behind league-leading Tri-City. They are tied for 12th in runs scored with Brooklyn; both teams have plated 177 runs.
On the hill, for pitchers who have made at least eight starts for the Jammers, Helpi Reyes leads the team with a 3.99 ERA while going 1-4. The 6-foot 1-inch righty from the Dominican Republic has struck out a team-high 33 while issuing 19 walks and just one home run over 38 1/3 innings of work. Reyes is in his second season with the Jammers, going 1-6 with a 5.37 ERA in 2011, striking out 32 and walking 28.
Ramon Del Orbe (1-4) leads the team in innings pitched, tossing 42 1/3 innings, working to a 4.25 ERA while striking out 23 and walking 19. Mason Hope (1-3) is pitching to a 4.17 ERA while striking out 31 and walking 18 over 41 innings. Matt Milroy (2-3), the only other Jamestown hurler to start at least eight games, has a 4.11 ERA over 35 innings of work, striking out 30 and walking 23.
Nick Wittgren (0-2, 11 saves) has been the Jammers most effective reliever, working 21 2/3 innings over 15 appearances. Wittgren has a 1.66 ERA, has struck out 31 and walked just four. Jheyson Manzueta (2-0) has been nearly as affective, working to a 1.69 ERA while striking out 25 and walking eight over 21 1/3 innings.
As a team the Jammers are sixth in ERA (3.36), fourth in strikeouts (354), second in walks allowed (190), ninth in WHIP (1.37) and ninth in home runs allowed (18).
The Jammers will be back in action this week as they will finish up a three-game set with the Staten Island Yankees today, before moving on to Brooklyn for three games and back home to finish the week with three games against Vermont.