The Jamestown Jammers started off their homestand in fine style as excellent pitching propelled them to their seventh win in their last eight games Tuesday night.
Isaac Sanchez, Axel Diaz, Jeff Topa and Brett McKinney held Staten Island to four hits and struck out 16 in a 5-3 New York-Penn League victory over Staten Island Yankees before 2,806 fans at Diethrick Park.
The win lifted the Jammers to a 27-14 record and they lead the Pinckney Division by five games over State College.
Above, Jin-De Jhang of the Jamestown Jammers makes contact in Tuesday night's New York-Penn League game against the Staten Island Yankees. Below, teammate Jeff Roy lays down a bunt. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
Caleb Smith completely baffled the Jammers for five innings as he allowed only a single to Jin-De Jhang and a walk to Jeff Roy. He struck out six batters during his mound stint. But Smith left in the sixth inning in favor of Philip Waltby and the Jammers struck for two runs to take a 2-1 lead.
Mike Fransoso hit his seventh double and went to third on a throwing error by center fielder Michael O'Neill. Roy singled home Fransoso with the tying run, moved to second on his 17th steal of the season and came in to score on Harold Ramirez's single.
The Jammers added three runs in the eighth inning off Stefan Lopez to take a 5-1 lead. Erich Weiss started it off with a single and was brought in by another single by Roy. Newcomer Justin Maffei, who reached on a sacrifice, moved to third.
Roy swiped his 18th base and Harold Ramirez brought in both runners with a single. For Ramirez, the three RBIs gave him 33 for the season.
The Yankees broke the scoreless tie in the fourth against Sanchez when Eric Jagielo's infield out scored O'Neill, who walked. Jagielo was the New York Yankees top draft choice from Notre Dame and O'Neill is the nephew of former New York Yankees' outfielder Paul O'Neill.
Sanchez was outstanding with eight strikeouts and two walks while allowing only two hits in five innings. Diaz followed that up with two scoreless innings to get the win (2-2) Jeff Topa pitched a scoreless eighth.
McKinney worked the ninth and was tagged for a two-run, two-out home run by Trent Garrison but fanned two, including the final batter.
The teams meet in the second game of the series at 7:05 p.m. today at Diethrick Park.