LOWELL, Mass. - Just an inning away from completing a 4-2 road trip, the Jamestown Jammers lost in heart-breaking fashion in the New York-Penn League on Monday night.
The Jammers took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning only to see Lowell score twice, with the winning run crossing on an error for a 4-3 loss.
Despite the loss, the Jammers still remain on top in the Pinckney Division with a 17-11 record. Williamsport is 15-12 and State College 14-13.
Roberto Espinoza, the sixth pitcher for the Jammers, was on the mound to start the ninth inning and retired the first batter. Then came three straight hits by Aaron King, Jantzen Witte and Forrestt Allday to fill the bases. Carlos Asuaje hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Jeff Roy and King scored the tying run to make it 3-3.
Miguel Rodriguez hit a grounder to third baseman Erich Weiss, who threw the ball away for an error as the tie-breaking run scored.
Jamestown had taken a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning.
Harold Ramirez singled, Mike Fransoso sacrificed him to second and Ramirez stole third. Roy laid down a bunt single to score Ramirez and stole also his 12th base, but Weiss ended the threat.
The Jammers scored two runs in the fourth as Fransoso and Collins singled and had a double steal to set up Adam Frazier two-run single.
Lowell scored a run in the first on a single by Kevin Mager and another in the fourth on a double play.
Jamestown's pitching started with Cody Dickson followed by Justin Topa, David Jagoditch, Will Kendall, Henry Hirsch and finally Espinoza (0-1) and gave up six hits. Kendall and Hirsch made successful debuts with an inning of scoreless relief each.
Sergio Gomez of Lowell was tagged for seven hits in 4 innings. He was followed by Matt Maloney, Carlos Pinales and winner Joe Gunkel (2-0).
Roy had three hits while Frazier, Jin-De Jhang and Collins added two hits for the Jammers. Both of Jhang hits were doubles.
The Jammers, who have lost three of last four games by a run each time.
The NY-P League is off today and the Jammers return to action won Wednesday with 7:05 p.m. game against Connecticut in the opener of a three-game series.