BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Vermont throwing error and a sacrifice fly by Jamestown's Erich Weiss lifted the Jammers to a 5-3 New York-Pennsylvania League extra-innings victory over the Lake Monsters at Centennial Field on Tuesday night.
With the game knotted at three runs apiece in the top of the 11th inning, Jamestown's Harold Ramirez was hit by a pitch, moved into scoring position following a Jin-De Jhang single and then scored the go-ahead run when Vermont third baseman Luis Baez misfired throwing to second on an Edwin Espinal grounder. Weiss then put the finishing touches on the victory - the Jammers' second straight - when he hit a sacrifice fly to right, giving Jhang, who had moved to third thanks to the error, time to tag up.
The win allowed the Jammers to maintain their two-game lead in the Pinckney Division over State College (a victor on Tuesday over Staten Island), and improved the squad's league-leading mark to 30-17.
Vermont, meanwhile, dropped its fifth straight contest and fell to 23-26.
Earlier, Ramirez had given the Jammers a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth when he connected for a solo home run, which was his third of the season. But Roberto Espinosa blew the save in the bottom half of the frame when he surrendered a pair of singles and the game-tying run.
Espinosa (1-1), however, would later be credited with the victory after allowing two runs on two hits over two innings. Teammate Brett McKinney then closed the door by striking out the side in the 11th for his fifth save.
Prior to Espinosa, starter Dovydas Neverauskas and middle reliever Shane Carle scattered a combined eight hits with eight strikeouts over eight innings.
Together the Jamestown pitchers sent down 12 Vermont batters on strikes.
Neverauskas' lone mistake came in the fourth when he surrendered a two-run home run to Ryon Healy that put the Lake Monsters ahead, 2-0.
The Jammers responded quickly, however, as Espinal and Danny Collins singled in the fifth. Adam Frazier soon plated both, recording RBI Nos. 15 and 16 and tying the game at 2-2, with a line drive to right.
Ramirez finished with two runs scored, a home run and his team-leading 35th RBI while Collins collected a pair of hits in four at-bats.
Vermont starter Lou Trivino tossed five innings of four-hit ball and allowed just two runs. Trivino, together with relievers Dominique Vattuone, Sam Bragg and eventual losing pitcher Fernando Cruzado (0-2), fanned 15 Jamestown hitters.
Jamestown will be looking for another victory against Vermont tonight at 7:05.