TROY-The Jamestown Jammers ran into a Tri-City explosion of extra-base hits and dropped the opening game of a three-game series in the New York-Penn League on Friday night.
The ValleyCats (30-21) pounded out eight extra-base hits, including three home runs, and prevailed over the Jammers, 10-4, at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium before the crowd of 4,706.
The loss hurt the Jammers as their lead in the Pinckney Division fell to one game when State College got past Brooklyn. Jamestown has a 31-19 record compared to State College's 30-20 mark.
This game was close until the seventh inning when the ValleyCats took control with a five-run outburst against Axel Diaz and Andy Otamendi.
James Ramsay and Tyler White had Tri-City singles off Diaz, who was relieved by Otamendi. Conrad Gregor greeted Otamendi with an RBI double and that was followed by Mike Martinez hitting a three-run home run over the left-field fence for his seventh homer of the year.
After an out, Ronnie Mitchell doubled and was out trying for a triple on a throw from left-fielder Harold Ramirez to second baseman Mike Fransoso to third sacker Jimmy Rider. The next batter was Jack Mayfield, who homered to left field against Otamendi to increase the lead to 10-4.
Jamestown actually led by a 2-0 score with runs in the second and third innings.
Fransoso led off the second with a single, took second on Rider's sacrifice, and tallied on Edwin Espinal's RBI single in the second.
In the third, Adam Frazier singled and went to second on left fielder D'Andre Toney's error and Ramirez scored him with a single.
Jackson Lodge set down Tri-City the first two innings, but ran into trouble as the hosts scored three times in the third inning to take the lead for good at 3-2.
Mayfield and Toney hit doubles for the first run and that was followed by Tyler White's two-run homer to left field, his first of the year.
The ValleyCats upped the margin to 5-2 in the fourth against Lodge and reliever Oderman Rocha. Brett Booth singled to end Lodge's tenure and Mayfield had an RBI double off Rocha and scored himself on a Dave Valesente passed ball.
In the sixth, the Jammers scored once when Fransoso and Rider opened with singles and Espinal was hit by a pitch by Charles Basford. Richard Rodriguez was brought on in a difficult situation, but gave up just a sacrifice fly to Justin Maffei to cut the lead to 5-3.
Jamestown closed to within 5-4 in the seventh as Ramirez tripled and Danny Collins hit a sacrifice fly.
The Jammers were denied a run in the fourth inning when Maffei was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Ronnie Mitchell to catcher Brett Booth. Maffei was trying to score on a single by Jeff Roy.
Jamestown plays the second game of the series at 7:05 tonight.