BURLINGTON, Vt.-The Jamestown Jammers lost a heart-breaking decision to the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League on Wednesday night.
Back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning carried Vermont (24-26) to a 3-1 win over the Jammers, reducing their lead in the Pinckney Division to only a game ahead of State College, which just held on to beat Staten Island, 6-5.
The Jammers have a 30-18 record while State College is right on their heels at 29-19 with nine victories in the last 10 outings.
The game was tied at 1-1 entering the home half of the eighth inning when the hosts hit back-to-back home runs to win.
Will Kendall was on the mound for the Jammers when he served up the sixth home run of the season to B.J. Boyd to break the 1-1 tie. A few pitches later, Ryon Healy swatted his third homer of the season for an insurance run.
The Jammers were completely handcuffed by the pitching of Kyle Finnegan, Kayron Bahramzadeh and Trevor Bayless as they saw the final 17 batters retired in order.
Edwin Espinal was the last batter to reach for the Jammers by singling with one out in the fourth inning.
Finnegan retired the final five batters he faced, Bahramzadeh pitched three perfect innings and Bayless got his seventh save by pitching a perfect ninth. Overall, they gave up four hits, fanning nine and not walking a batter.
Vermont broke on top, 1-0, in the first inning against Cody Dickson. Melvin Mercedes was hit by a pitch and Boyd singled him to second.
Healy grounded to third where Mercedes was forced by Edwin Weiss, who then threw the ball away allowing Boyd to score an unearned run.
The Jammers tied it up at 1-1 in the third when Danny Collins hammered his 14th double off Finnegan and went to third on Mike Fransoso's bunt single. Collins then was thrown out at the plate on Elvis Escobar's grounder to first baseman Michael Soto. Adam Frazier came through with an RBI single with Escobar reaching third.
Jeff Roy hit to third baseman Healy, who threw Escobar out at the plate with Frazier taking second. Harold Ramirez ended the inning by being one of the six Finnegan strikeouts and that was the last threat by the Jammers.
Dickson permitted six hits in five innings with four strikeouts and two walks for the Jammers.
The series is now tied at 1-1 with the rubber game set for 7:05 tonight at Centennial Field.