Home runs played a big part in the Jamestown Jammers dropping a New York-Pennsylvania League battle with the Auburn Doubledays at Diethrick Park on Saturday night.
Jean Carlos Valdez cracked two home runs and Isaac Ballou the other homer as the Doubledays (5-7) defeated the Jammers, 8-5, in the Pinckney Division.
The Jammers are tied for first place in the division with the Batavia Muckdogs and the Williamsport Crosscutters at 6-5 while State College is at 6-6.
Jamestown trailed throughout after Valdez unloaded a three-run home run off losing starter Dovydas Neverauskas (0-2) in the second inning. Valdez's blast over the left field wall was preceded by walks to James Yezzo and Cody Gunter.
The Jammers got within one, 3-2, in the third when Jeff Roy singled, swiped second and went to third on Mike Fransoso's single.
Harold Ramirez lofted a sacrifice fly with Fransoso taking second on the play. Fransoso stole third and came in on Danny Collins' sacrifice fly for his 10th RBI of the season.
The teams matched runs in the fourth. Valdez took Neverauskas over the left field fence for a second time and Roy doubled home Yhonathan Barrios, who reached on one of the four Auburn errors.
The sixth inning was a two-run inning for the visitors, thanks to Isaac Ballou hitting an Axel Diaz pitch over the center field fence for a 6-3 lead. Cody Dent, the son of former New York Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent, had singled prior to the home run.
Jamestown got an unearned run back in the sixth as Jesus Vasquez, who was aboard on an error, scored on a double play grounder by Dave Valesente.
The Jammers added another run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 6-5. After two outs, Harold Ramirez was hit by a pitch from Jake Joyce, stole second and stayed there as Collins walked. Then, Edwin Espinal had an RBI single with Collins reaching third. However, Joyce fanned Vasquez to end the threat that inning and for the game.
Auburn got two insurance runs in the eighth off Kurt Yacko as a throwing error by third baseman Francisco Apointe scored one run and the other came in on Wilmer Difo's single.
The Jammers were blanked the last two innings by Dave Napoli, who earned his second save.
The rubber matchup is set for today at 1:05 p.m..