NILES, Ohio - The last five innings were disastrous for the Jamestown Jammers (2-1) in the New York-Penn League on Wednesday night at Eastwood Field.
Holding a 6-0 lead and shutting out Mahoning Valley for the first 22 innings this season, the Jammers fell apart with five errors and poor pitching down the stretch and lost a 7-6 decision in the Pinckney Division.
Going back to last year, the Scrappers (1-2) had a scoreless streak of 37 innings before they finally broke through in the fifth.
The first three innings were a scoreless pitching duel between Dovydas Neverauskas of the Jammers and Robert Whitenack of the Scrappers.
Then the top of the fourth saw the Jammers knock out Whitenack with six runs for a 6-0 lead.
Harold Ramirez led off with a single and Danny Collins forced a runner followed by Jesus Vasquez singling and Beau Wallace being safe on error to load the bases.
Whitenack walked to force home the first run and then Max Rossiter hit a two-run single followed by Jeff Roy's sacrifice fly. Jodaneli Carvajal and Elvis Escobar produced run-scoring doubles to chase Whitenack.
Ben Heller came on in relief and fanned Vasquez with the bases loaded.
That was last serious threat as the Jammers failed to get a runner to third base the rest of the way.
The 3,088 spectators must have been wondering when the hosts would dent the scoreboard and they finally did in the fifth with two outs against Neverauskas. Juan Romero doubled and was brought home by Claudio Bautista's single.
In the sixth, David Jagoditsh was on the mound briefly and he was extremely wild for the Jammers. After fanning Joshua McAdams, Jagoditsh hit Robel Garcia, Nellie Rodriguez, Ryan Battaglia and Nick Hamilton, all in a row, to force home the second run.
Jamestown manager Dave Turgeon quickly made the change to Kurt Yacko, who got Romero to hit into a double play.
In the seventh, the Scrappers cut the deficit to 6-5 with a three-run outburst. Garcia's triple brought in Tyler Booth and Bautista, who had walks from Yacko, and scored himself on third baseman Beau Wallace's throwing error.
Mahoning Valley tied it at 6-6 in the eighth against Axel Diaz (0-1).
Romero reached on shortstop Mike Fransoso's error, Tyler Booth was hit by a pitch and a walk to Bautista filled the bases. Another walk to Juan Herrera drove in the tying run.
Diaz got of the bases-loaded jam by getting Joshua McAdams on a force out at the plate and fanning Garcia.
In the top of the ninth, Collins walked and took second on a wild pitch from Manuel Carmona, who retired Fransoso on infield out to end the Jammers' threat.
Then in the home half of the ninth, Rodriguez walked and Battaglia was safe on an error by right fielder Elvis Escobar, who also made a throwing error as the winning run went to third. Diaz then intentionally walked Hamilton to fill the bases and unintentionally walked Romero to bring home the winning run and a heart-breaking loss for the Jammers.
The Jammers will get their home season underway at Diethrick Park at 7:05 p.m. today when the Williamsport Crosscutters (1-2) pay a visit.