NILES, Ohio - The Jamestown Jammers maintained a share of first place in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League by notching their third straight win on Tuesday night at Eastwood Field.
The Jammers got fine pitching and hitting support from Jin-De Jhang, newcomer Wyatt Mattisen and Edwin Espinal in the 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (23-36), who suffered their fifth consecutive setback.
For the fourth straight day, the Jammers and State College. which defeated Williamsport easily 10-4, are deadlocked for the top spot at 36-23.
Chad Kuhl pitched five strong innings in giving up four hits and two unearned runs for the Jammers.
Axel Diaz, who got the win to raise the record to 4-2, hurled two scoreless and hitless innings with three strikeouts and a walk. He was followed by Kevin Kleis for a scoreless eighth inning and Brett McKinney recording his eighth save and second in two nights with a scoreless ninth.
Mahoning Valley broke the scoreless duel with two unearned runs off Kuhl in the fourth inning.
Claudio Battista singled and James Roberts reached on Erich Weiss' 12th error of the season with Bautista taking third. Kuhl retired Nellie Rodriguez on a comebacker with Roberts taking second. Robel Garcia lifted a sacrifice fly to center fielder Harold Ramirez for the first run and Paul Hendrix singled in the second run for a 2-0 MV lead.
The Jammers cut the margin in half at 2-1 when Edwin Espinal hit his second home in two days and second of the season over the left field fence off Caleb Hamrick.
That was the only run off Hamrick in six innings and for Espinal it was his 36th RBI of the year.
Jamestown took the lead at 3-2 in the seventh off reliever Carlos Melo. Jin-De Jhang doubled to start things off followed by Espinal's infield out advancing him to third base. Wyatt Mathieson delivered his first RBI with a game-tying single and then Mike Fransoso hit into a fielder's choice at second base. Fransoso swiped his 12th base and scored on Weiss' single for the lead for good.
The Jammers added a fourth run for insurance in the ninth as Jhang stroked his second double and went to third on a Melo wild pitch. Mathieson brought him home again with a sacrifice fly.
Kleis survived a Scrappers' threat in the eighth inning by retiring James Roberts on an infield fly with Marvin Cervenka on second and Claudio Battista, who both were aboard with singles.
McKinney, who had a one-pitch save against Auburn with the bases loaded on Monday night, set down Nellie Rodriguez, Garcia and Paul Hendrix on strikes in the ninth to gain the save for the Jammers.
The Jammers play Mahoning Valley at 7:05 this evening and at the same time on Thursday before moving on to Williamsport for a single game on Friday.