NILES, Ohio - Jacob Esch and Sean Donatello did the job in relief as the Jamestown Jammers evened their Pinckney Division record in the New York-Penn League at 2-2 Thursday night at Eastwood Field.
Esch and Donatello went seven innings in relief and allowed a mere four hits and a run when the Jammers recorded a 6-2 verdict over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (2-2).
Besides getting the pitching for the third straight outing, which has seen the Scrappers score just five runs during that time, the Jammers got a hit from eight starters en route to a season-high 13 hits.
Esch got the win as he was brought on early in relief of starter Ryan Newell, who in two innings gave up a hit, a run, two walks and a wild pitch.
In his four innings, Esch gave up just a hit while striking out four and walking one.
Esch turned the ball over to Donatello for the final three innings to gain his first save. He limited the Scrappers to three hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
The Jammers got on the scoreboard in the first inning as leadoff hitter Anthony Gomez walked, stole second and came in on Viosergy Rosa's double. Matt Juengel singled, but Ryan Merritt (0-1) got of the jam by retiring Austin Nola on a flyout and Brian Dice struck out swinging.
That 1-0 lead didn't last long as the hosts tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning against Newell. Jose Ramirez singled and stole second followed by Aaron Siliga walking.
Charlie Valerio flied out and Mitch Nilsson grounded out, but Newell walked Hunter Jones to fill the bases. Newell fired a wild pitch to score the tying run, but got out of the jam when Erik Gonzalez grounded out.
Jamestown took the lead for good at 2-1 with a run in the second.
Cameron Flynn got his first hit with one out and was sacrificed to second by Juancito Martinez. That brought up Gomez, who had an RBI double for the first hit from the leadoff spot all season. Yeison Hernandez singled Garcia to third, but then Garcia was out attempting to steal home with Rosa at the plate.
The Jammers made it 4-1 in the fourth against Merritt with two runs. Jesus Solorzano ripped a one-out double, Flynn again singled and Martinez singled to produce a run and later Gomez singled in the second run.
Brian Dice became the first Jammer to hit a home run as he led off the sixth inning with a blast over the left-field fence versus Rafael Homblert to run the score to 5-1.
Cody Penny was on the mound for the Scrappers in the seventh when the Jammers scored their final run.
Hernandez singled with one out and went to second on a passed ball by catcher Jeremy Lucas. Rosa singled Hernandez to third and he came in when Matt Juengel reached on an error by third sacker Erik Gonzalez.
Mahoning Valley scored in the ninth when Hunter Jones singled and was driven home by a two-out single by Juan Romero, who wound up with seven RBIs and three homers for the four games. Overall, MV scored 13 runs.
Flynn, Gomez, Hernandez, Rosa and Solorzano had two hits for the Jammers.
Jamestown travels to the Batavia Muckdogs Friday night before beginning a two-game series against the Muckdogs on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. On Sunday, the start is at 4 p.m.