The Jamestown Jammers (18-12) came out of their recent slump with a singles attack and used shutout pitching from three hurlers in the New York-Pennsylvania League on Thursday night before a turnout of 1,851 at Diethrick Park.
Jamestown recorded 12 hits, all singles, and scored all its runs in the first four innings en route to a 10-0 win over the Connecticut Tigers.
The Jammers, who had scored just 11 runs in the last five games, began by scoring three runs off Kevin Ziomek (0-1), the second-round draft pick of Detroit from Vanderbilt University.
Patrick Leyland, son of Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, is a first baseman for the Connecticut Tigers, who have been playing at Diethrick Park in a three-game series with the Jamestown Jammers. Diethrick Park was called Municipal Stadium 1965 when Jim was a catcher for the Jamestown Tigers of the NY-P League. Patrick is seen holding a 1965 Post-Journal photo of Jim, with his mother and Jim's wife, Katie.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
Adam Frazier was hit by a pitch, JaCoby Jones walked and Jin-De Jhang bounced to shortstop, moving the runners up to second and third.
Harold Ramirez got an RBI on an error by shortstop Curt Powell and Mike Fransoso belted a two-run single.
Jimmy Rider, just back from the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League, singled in the second, Francisco Aponte sacrificed and Frazier was hit by a Ziomek pitch for the second time.
Rider swiped third and scored on Jones' sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.
In the third, the Jammers added another run for a 5-0 lead when Fransoso walked and Edwin Espinal singled. A wild pitch moved them up and Jeff Roy had an RBI single and later stole his 15th base.
Meanwhile, Jackson Lodge (3-1) set down the first 10 Connecticut batters before Curt Powell got a single in the fourth inning. That was followed by a double play and Lodge had faced a minimum of 12 batters for four innings.
The bottom of the fourth inning was when the Jammers broke it open with a five-run outburst. Frazier and Jones began the rally with singles against Julio Felix.
Jhang hit into a force play at second base, then Ramirez lofted a sacrifice fly to up the score to 6-0. In order, Fransoso, Espinal, Roy and Rider picked up singles with Ray driving in a pair of runs, and Fransoso and Rider chasing home one.
Lodge, an international free agent from Australia, went six innings and allowed just three hits with three strikeouts and showed great control with no walks.
Justin Topa came on in the seventh for the Jammers and pitching two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and no walks.
Kurt Yacko pitched the ninth and ran into trouble with a single by Dominic Ficociello, a double by Pat Leyland and hit Brett Harrison to fill the bases.
However, Yacko retired Chris Taladay on a bouncer back to the mound and fanned Tyler Gibson to preserve the team's fifth shutout and hand the Tigers their fourth blanking of the season. The Tigers' Ben Verlander, the brother of Detroit pitching ace Justin Verlander, smacked a single, while Leyland, the son of Detroit manager, Jim, had the only extra-base hit by either team.
Roy led the attack with three hits to push his average to .327, Fransoso, Rider and Espinal added two hits with Fransoso improving to .337.
The Jammers' offensive outburst marked the fifth time the Jammers have scored 10 or more runs this season with the latest being a 10-3 win over Batavia on July 8.
Jamestown plays the rubber game with Connecticut (12-18) today at 7:05 p.m. before Aberdeen, led by Michael Yastrzemski, come to town for three contests starting Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Yastrzemski is the nephew of former Boston star Carl Yastrzemski.