TROY - Erich Weiss gave the Jamestown Jammers a sliver of breathing room in the contentious Pinckney Division title race on Saturday evening.
Weiss snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth when he lofted a sacrifice fly to plate teammate Edwin Espinal, lifting the Jammers to a 3-2 New York-Penn League victory that, coupled with State College's 2-1 loss to Brooklyn, extended their division lead to two games with less than a month remaining in the season.
Espinal, who led James-town with two hits and two RBIs, had opened the ninth by reaching on an error as Tri-City third baseman Tyler White misfired on his throw to first. The Jammers' first baseman was able to move to second on the miscue, and then strolled to third moments later when pitcher Troy Scribner (0-1) balked, setting the table for Weiss' heroics.
The victory improved Jamestown's overall mark to 32-19, while the ValleyCats, who lead the Stedler Division by a similarly slim margin, fell to 31-22.
Earning his first victory this season was Jammers' pitcher Brett McKinney. The right-hander out of Ohio State University held the hosts to just one hit over the contest's final two innings. He fanned a pair to close the door in the bottom of the ninth.
Jamestown raced out to an early, 2-0 lead in the second inning - again scoring with a little help from a shaky Tri-City defense.
Danny Collins kicked off the frame by reaching on shortstop Chan Moon's 10th error. Collins moved to second on Jin-De Jhang's base knock to right, and then both scored when Espinal ripped a double - his fourth this season - to right field.
Tri-City would chip away at the lead, however, halving the deficit with a run in the third and then knotting the game at 2-2 behind James Ramsay's solo shot in the fifth.
Jamestown starter Isaac Sanchez surrendered both runs, though finished with a solid line that read 4 innings pitched with five hits, two earned runs and five strikeouts.
Henry Hirsch was perfect in 2 innings of relief and sent down four on strikes before giving way to McKinney.
After the Jammers chased Tri-City starter Randall Fant, who scattered six hits and two runs (one earned) over four innings, they struggled to solve middle reliever Albert Minnis. The visitors managed just two hits - one by Jhang and another by Collins - between the sixth and eighth innings.
Jamestown can take the three-game series today with another victory; first pitch is slated for 5 p.m.