Kevin Krause was the hero for the Jamestown Jammers (17-25) on Saturday night in a New York-Pennsylvania League game at Diethrick Park.
Krause hammered his seventh home run of the season with Mike Suchy aboard in the bottom of the10th inning to give the Jammers a 4-2 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs (20-22) and a split of the four-game series.
Krause's dramatic blast was the first home run for the Jammers in several games and handed reliever Luis Urena his first win of the year.
Carl Anderson opened the inning with a walk against Josh Hodges (0-2), but Taylor Gushue bunted into a double play.
Suchy, however, kept the inning alive by singling to right field and then Krause sent the fans home happy with his drive over the left field wall for the game-winning hit.
The Jammers started out fast with two runs in the first. Leadoff batter Elvis Escobar singled and Anderson bunted for a single. When pitcher Jorgan Cavanerio threw the ball away Escobar came all the way around to score the first run with Anderson going to third.
Gushue grounded out and Anderson scored on the play to make it 2-0.
Batavia cut the lead in half at 2-1 when Kevin Grove hit a solo home run to left field off Frank Duncan for his second of the season.
Duncan pitched very well, allowing just two hits, one run with six strikeouts and a walk in six innings. He left with the lead, but the Jammers couldn't hold it.
Batavia tied it up at 2-2 with a run in the eighth against Jerry Mulderig. Aaron Blanton drew a two-out walk and scored on a single by Wildert Pujols. Carlos Duran singled an Victor Castro was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Mulderig got out of jam by retiring Kevin Grove on a liner to first baseman Dave Andreise.
Gushue greeted reliever Juancito Martinez with a double in the home eighth, but was left stranded there. In the third, he led off with a double and once again was stranded.
The Jammers head to Auburn for a game today.
NOTES: In the top of the third inning, Batavia's Hiram Martinez was hit by a pitch. The ball also hit his bat and then the bat struck home plate umpire J.C. Velez in the head and he had to leave the game.
When there is only one umpire left, the home team can choose one of its players to umpire on the bases and the regular base umpire moves behind home plate. That happened once with the Jamestown Expos, who had one their players as an umpire making the calls on the bases.
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However, it was decided to try to find a replacement since there are two former professional umpires in the area. The game continued with base umpire Christopher Stump moving behind the plate.
Neither of the replacement umpires was available, so the game finished with only Stump behind the plate.