STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The losses continue to mount for the slumping Jamestown Jammers.
Jamestown (8-14) sustained its sixth consecutive loss and fell seven games off the pace of Pinckney Division leading State College (15-7) with a 3-2 setback to the Spikes before 3,534 spectators at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The New York-Penn League game was tied at 2-2 entering the eighth inning when Jerry Mulderig (0-3) was summoned from the bullpen. He immediately ran into trouble by walking Roman Wick and Jake Stone, who both moved up a base when catcher Taylor Gushue threw wildly on a pickoff attempt.
Mulderig retired Andrew Sohn for the first out, but then a wild pitch allowed Wick to score what turned out to be the winning run. Adam Ehlich was also walked, but the Jammers escaped further damage when Jhohan Acevedo rapped into a doubleplay.
The Spikes' Josh Lucas came on to pitch the ninth and had to face the second through fourth hitters for his fifth save. After getting the first out, Lucas gave up a single to Gushue, but Suchy hit into a double play to lower his earned run average to 0.79.
State College had taken a 2-0 lead against starter Marek Minarik in the second inning when Wick and Stone hit back-to-back doubles for the first run and Sohn cracked an RBI single for the second tally.
Jamestown tied it up at 2-2 in the sixth when, with one out, Chase Simpson hit his third home run of the season. Kevin Ross singled and Mike Fransoso delivered him with an RBI triple.
The Jammers, who stranded 12 runners, had numerous chances to score, including the seventh inning when they had the bases loaded with nobody out but couldn't score. Jamestown also left the bases loaded in the first inning thrown out at third in the second inning.
The Jammers have a game left in the series with State College today at 6:05 p.m. before heading to Batavia for the first time on Monday and Tuesday for 7:05 p.m. starts. They then return home for a three-game series with both Tri-City and Vermont.