Showing no ill effects after the previous evening's late-innings meltdown, the Jamestown Jammers made easy work of the Williamsport Crosscutters in their New York-Penn League home opener at Diethrick Park on Thursday.
Led by outstanding hitting in the middle of the order - two-, three-, four-hitters Elvis Escobar, Jin-De Jhang and Danny Collins combined for four hits (two home runs), five runs scored and six RBIs - Jamestown defeated Pinckney Division foe Williamsport, 12-6, in front of 1,891 fans.
Jamestown (3-1) scored in every inning but one, and put the game away for good with a pair of three-run innings in the fourth and sixth.
Jamestown’s Jin-De Jhang is congratulated by manager Dave Turgeon after the former hit a solo home run in the first inning of the Jammers’ New York-Penn League home opener at Diethrick Park on Thursday night. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
The Jammers have now outscored their opponents 26-13 this season.
Jackson Lodge (1-0) came on in relief of starter Cody Dickson, who was dominant on the hill, to earn the victory after surrendering five runs on six hits over four innings.
Dickson, meanwhile, hurled three innings of no-hit ball while fanning six.
Jamestown, which broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the first inning when Jin-De Jhang belted his second roundtripper of the season, chased Crosscutters' starter Shane Martin (0-1) by the end of the third inning after it plated a pair of runs (thanks to another homer, this time by Collins) to increase the lead to 4-0.
The hometown squad then bounced reliever Julio Reyes after tallying another six runs over the next 2 innings.
Providing the big hit in the pivotal fourth frame was Jodaneli Carvajal, who delivered a two-run triple to plate Michael Fransoso and Jeff Roy, both of whom had walked. Carvajal would later score when Williamsport committed the first of what would be, by game's end, four errors.
Another triple, this time by Elvis Escobar, pushed two more runs across in the sixth to make the score 10-2.
Williamsport would attempt a comeback of sorts in the seventh as it touched Lodge for three runs, cutting the deficit to 10-5, but relievers Brett McKinney and Cesar Lopez extinguished any lingering hopes of a victory in the visiting dugout by surrendering just two hits over the final two innings.
Along with the exploits of Escobar (two RBIs), Jhang (two runs scored, two RBIs) and Collins (2-for-5, two RBIs), Fransoso, batting eighth, went 2-for-3 with a run driven in.
The Jammers will be looking make it two victories in a row, and four of five to start the season, when they square off against Williamsport yet again tonight at 7:05.