The Jamestown Jammers (38-25) scored two runs and got their only three hits in the eighth inning to nip Williamsport (30-33), 2-1, in the opening game of the two-game New York-Penn League series at Diethrick Park on Saturday night.
Jamestown didn't pick up any ground in the Pinckney Division as State College (40-23) remained two games ahead by scoring seven runs in the eighth inning to down Auburn (22-42), 7-0, for its 10th straight win. However, the Jammers did pick a game on Lowell (35-27), which lost to Hudson Valley, 7-4, and are 2 games ahead for the wild-card berth.
For 7 innings, the Jammers had only one runner reach base, that being Wyatt Mathiesen via a walk in the fifth inning. He immediately was rubbed out on doubleplay grounder by Edwin Espinal.
Williamsport's Julio Reyes worked six innings with four strikeouts and Mark Meadors retired the side in the seventh and got the first two batters in the eighth before running into trouble.
Espinal hit a hard shot off the glove of Meadors for a single, and Meadows committed a throwing error on the play as Espinal reached second. That was the first hit by the Jammers. Erich Weiss walked and Adam Landecker singled to right field as pinch-runner Justin Maffei scored. Weiss followed right behind him with the second run as catcher Chad Carman's throw to get Landecker at second went awry.
Candon Myles singled, but Landecker was cut down at the plate by left fielder Justin Parr.
Brett McKinney was brought on in the ninth and earned his team-leading ninth save. He retired the first two batters followed by a walk to pinch-hitter Andrew Knapp, but then got pinch-hitter Logan Pierce to ground out to first baseman Danny Collins to end the game.
Williamsport broke on top with an unearned run in the seventh inning. Carman singled and went to second on Weiss' error and scored on Malquin Canelo's single.
Chad Dickson pitched five scoreless innings for the winners, allowing just four hits, striking out five and walking two.
Will Kendall followed with two innings and gave up the unearned run for the Jammers.
Andy Otamendi evened his record at 1-1 by going an inning in which he retired the side on strikes.
Jamestown plays Williamsport at 1:05 p.m. today before taking on Mahoning Valley for three 7:05 p.m. games Monday through Wednesday.