The Aberdeen IronBirds were hit with the ball and then they hit the ball and that was the key to their 8-3 win over the Jamestown Jammers in New York-Penn League action on Sunday afternoon at Diethrick Park.
Three Aberdeen batters were hit by pitches in the fifth inning and two forced in runs to end a scoreless game. They went on to score four runs in the fifth with only one hit and managed to finish with nine hits.
The loss ended the Jammers' winning streak at three games.
Umpire Nate Caldwell gets a good look as Jamestown Jammers second baseman Michael Fransoso tags out Mike Yastrzemski, who was attempting to second base during Sunday afternoon’s New York-Penn League game at Diethrick Park. Yastrzemski is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
Prior to the fifth inning, Jamestown starting pitcher Cody Dickson worked four shutout innings with two hits, one walk and fanned three.
Aberdeen finally opened the scoring in the fifth inning against Jamestown reliever David Jagoditsh. He loaded the bases by walking Hector Veloz, hitting Jeff Kemp with a pitch and walking Manny Hernandez. Then the first run was forced in when Jagoditsh hit Austin Wynns with a pitch.
Axel Diaz came in to pitch for the Jammers and he hit Scott Kalush with a pitch to force in a second run. After getting an out, Jared Breen hit sacrifice fly to drive in the third run and Trey Mancini singled home the fourth.
Jamestown got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when Michael Fransoso walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Edwin Espinal.
The IronBirds put two more runs on the board in the sixth with an RBI single by Wynns and a sacrifice fly by Scott Kalush.
Two more Aberdeen runs scored in the seventh on RBI singles by Mancini and Hector Veloz.
The Jammers scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh against reliever Jose Figuereo to cut the lead to 8-3.
Harold Ramirez was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Fransoso. Both moved up on a groundout by Danny Collins. Ramirez scored on a groundout by Jeff Roy and Fransoso scored on an Espinal single.
Then Aponte walked and Adam Frazier singled to load the bases. Jimmy Yacabonis came in to pitch and ended the threat by getting pinch-hitter Erich Weiss to foul out.
Jamestown reliever Kurt Yacko put the IronBirds down in order in the eighth and ninth innings.
Yacabonis did the same to the Jammers in the eighth, but they had a mild threat in the ninth with Roy walked and Espinal singled with two outs. But the game ended when Aponte grounded into a double play.
The teams complete their three-game series tonight at 7:05.