BURLINGTON, Vt. - Exceptional pitching by the Chad Kuhl, Brian Topa and Henry Hirsch on Thursday night allowed the Jamestown Jammers (31-18) to win the series over the Vermont Lake Monsters (24-27) and, more importantly, increase their lead over State College (29-20) to two games in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Pennsylvania League.
Kuhl, Topa and Hirsch allowed only two hits and faced three batters over the minimum in a 4-0 win over the Lake Monsters before 2,224 spectators at Centennial Field.
Kuhl, now 2-3 for the season, went the first five innings and gave up a one-out double by Michael Soto in the fifth. He lowered his earned-run average to 2.37.
Topa went the next three innings and permitted a two-out single by Ryan Gorton in the eighth inning. His earned-run average dipped to an eye-popping 0.99.
Hirsch didn't earn a save, but still pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Overall, the trio fanned seven with Kuhl and Topa having three apiece.
The Jammers scored in the first inning off Brent Powers (4-2) when Jeff Roy beat out a bunt single, stole his 21st base and tallied on designated hitter Dave Valesente's single.
Another run crossed in the fifth as the Jammers extended their lead to 2-0. Mike Fransoso singled and was brought home on Jimmy Rider's double.
The Jammers scored two more runs in the seventh inning as Adam Frazier doubled, Roy beat out another bunt single and Danny Collins walked to knock out Powers.
Junior Mendez relieved and yielded a two-run single to Mike Fransoso to improve the lead to 4-0.
Outside of Soto and Gorton, the only other Vermont runner was Ryon Healy, who was hit by a pitch from Kuhl with two outs in the first inning.
For the Jammers, last night marked the eighth combined shutout of the season and the first since beating host Williamsport, 3-0, on July 27.
Roy and Frazier led the Jammers with two hits apiece.
Jamestown travels to Tri-City (30-21) for a weekend three-game series, starting today at 7:05 p.m.