The Jamestown Jammers didn't get their five-game homestand off to a good start Thursday night as Batavia handed them a New York-Pennsylvania League setback before 2,071 fans at Diethrick Park.
The Muckdogs jumped on the Jammers for two runs in the first inning and got two more later on before the Jammers scored twice in suffering a 4-2 defeat in Batavia's final appearance here this season.
The Jammers (33-21) retained their two-game Pinckney Division lead, however, as State College (31-23) fell to Mahoning Valley, 7-2. The Spikes begin a two-game series in Jamestown today at 7:05 p.m. followed by a Saturday showdown at the same time.
Jeff Roy of the Jamestown Jammers lays down a bunt single in the first inning of Thursday night's New York-Penn League game at Diethrick Park against the Batavia Muckdogs. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
The Jammers had a chance to tie last night's game in the last of the ninth when they had the tying runs in scoring position. Erich Weiss reached on a walk from Josh Easley with one out and Josh Maffei singled for the third time. Both runners moved up on Edwin Espinal's infield out and left it up to Adam Frazier, but Easley retired him on a groundout to end the game.
The Jammers fell behind, 2-0, in the first inning as Chad Kuhl (2-4) ran into trouble that began when he plunked leadoff hitter Luis Ortiz. J.T. Riddle singled to right field and Elvis Escobar made a throwing error that allowed Ortiz to score all the way from first base. Carlos Lopez singled in a run and the Jammers couldn't catch up the rest of the way.
The Muckdogs (28-24), who pulled within four games of the Jammers, got another run in the fifth inning. Austin Dean cracked a double and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Javier Lopez.
Buddy Borden took over for Kuhl in the sixth and Riddle doubled with one out and came around on Feliz Munoz's single for a 4-0 lead.
The Jammers finally broke through against Justin Jackson (6-1) as Jeff Roy and Harold Ramirez had doubles, but Roy was held up at third. A wild pitch brought Roy in and Edwin Espinal hit a sacrifice fly for the second run as the Jammers cut the deficit to 4-2.
In the seventh, Jamestown had a scoring chance when Maffei and Escobar singled. At that point, Miguel Del Pozo relieved Jackson and saw a pitch get by catcher Chad Wallach for a passed ball as both runners advanced.
However, Del Pozzo retired Frazier on a strikeout and Roy on an infield out. Overall, the Jammers were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.