The fifth inning provided the Jamestown Jammers with a split in the twin bill with Mahoning Valley on Wednesday night at Diethrick Park.
Tied with Mahoning Valley at 3-3, the Jammers scored four runs in the fifth and went on to a 7-3 win to raise their record to 9-6 in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.
The first game went to Mahoning Valley, 5-3, a contest that was resumed in the bottom of the second inning after it was suspended on Tuesday night because of rain.
Danny Collins of the Jamestown Jammers is congratulated by manager Dave Turgeon after hitting his fifth home of the season during Wednesday’s completion of a suspended New York-Penn League game against Mahoning Valley at Diethrick Park. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
by Jim Riggs
In the nightcap, the Scrappers' Caleb Hamrick (1-3) began the fifth inning with two strikeouts sandwiched around Jeff Roy's single and steals of second and third bases.
Harold Ramirez, the hero with a RBI single in the 12th inning win over Auburn on Sunday, doubled in Roy with what proved to be the winning run. Danny Collins was intentionally walked by Hamrick and Edwin Espinal slammed a two-run single and went all the way to third on an error by right fielder Josh McAdams.
Kyle Crockett was brought on in relief and saw Jimmy Rider lay down an RBI single for the fourth run of the inning.
Mahoning Valley jumped ahead, 3-0, in the second inning, all with two outs.
Ryan Battaglia homered to left field off Shane Carle followed by a Paul Hendrix double, a Brian Ruiz walk and a passed ball on catcher Dave Valesente.
Tyler Booth stroked a two-run single to give the Scrappers a very brief lead because the Jammers tied it in their half of the inning.
Collins started with a single and Edwin Espinal doubled him to third. Rider singled in both runs and scored the tying run on Valesente's infield out.
Jared Lakind got the win, his first, with two innings of scoreless relief and Roberto Espinosa made a successful debut with an inning of scoreless relief.
Each team had nine hits. Espinal led the Jammers with three and Claudio Bautista had three for Mahoning Valley.
Mahoning Valley snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning and went on to win the opener.
Cesar Lopez (0-1) was on the mound for the Jammers and gave up singles to Chris Ferrell and Bautista and a walk to Juan Herrera with no outs.
Nellie Rodriguez grounded into a forceout at the plate, but designated hitter Manuel Boscan drilled a two-run single to give the Scrappers the lead for good.
Jamestown got a run back in the sixth when Collins hammered a Joshua Nervis pitch over the left center field fence for his fifth homer of the season.
The Jammers scored in the third on Roy's double-play grounder, one of four turned in by the Scrappers. Valesente and Elvis Escobar singled with Valesente going to third on a throwing error by pitcher James Stokes, who settled down after hat thanks to a doubleplay.
Another run for the Jammers came in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2 against Harold Guerrero (1-0). A sacrifice fly by Rider plated Ramirez, who was hit by a pitch.
Mahoning Valley scored two runs in the first off Isaac Sanchez before the rains came to suspend the action on Tuesday. Herrera and Josh McAdams singled in the runs.
Jamestown had chances in the eighth and ninth innings off Ben Heller worked out of a couple of jams, courtesy of two double plays, to earn his first save.
Jamestown finishes the homestand with a 4-2 record and travels to Auburn today for a three-game series starting with a 7:05 p.m. contest.
The next home game for the Jammers is a 4:05 p.m. matchup with the Batavia Muckdogs on Sunday.