Pitching was dominant for the Jamestown Jammers as they swept a doubleheader from the Auburn Doubledays, extending their winning streak to three games in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Pennsylvania League on Thursday night.
The Jammers' staff recorded 12 straight scoreless innings and didn't walk a single batter as they prevailed, 3-1 and 4-3, before 1,233 spectators at Diethrick Park.
Frank Duncan and Eric Karch combined for a five-hitter and shut out Auburn (26-32) the last six innings as the Jammers (27-31) took the first game in a rapid 1 hour, 39 minutes.
Duncan (3-2) had a season-high nine strikeouts and Karch chipped in with two strikeouts.
It appeared that Duncan was in trouble in the first inning after the first two batters had produced Auburn's only run. Brian Langlois singled and Austin Davidson connected for an RBI double, but Duncan retired the next three batters, two on strikes.
Auburn held the 1-0 lead through four innings as Manny Rodriguez allowed only a single to Michael Suchy in the second inning. Rodriguez fanned four and walked none to that point, but in the fifth the tide turned as James Bourque (1-5) relieved Rodriguez and the Jammers scored all three of their runs.
Tyler Gushue greeted Bourque with a single followed by back-to-back walks to David Andriese and Francisco Aponte to fill the bases.
Trace Tam Sing got the tying run home with a single and Erik Lunde delivered a two-run single for a 3-1 lead. Tam Sing was thrown out at third by left-fielder Matthew Page and Lunde took second. The inning ended with Elvis Escobar and Carl Anderson making outs.
In the nightcap, the Jammers were breezing along with a 4-0 lead when Auburn made a game of it with three runs with two outs in the seventh inning before reliever Eric Dorsch recorded his third save.
Jamestown broke on top at 3-0 with a three-run third against Austen Williams (2-2).
Nathan Sopena led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Erik Forgione. Elvis Escobar singled Sopena to third and he scored on Carl Anderson's infield out with Escobar advancing to second.
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Jordan Luplow walked and Escobar swiped second. Williams uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Escobar to score the second run and Suchy followed with a RBI single for a 3-0 advantage.
Montana DuRapau went five innings, permitting just three hits with five strikeouts to even his Jamestown record at 2-2.
The Jammers added what proved to be the decisive run in the sixth inning when Suchy walked and advanced to second on a throwing error by right fielder Garrett Gordon. Kevin Ross' infield out put Suchy on third and Deybi Garcia's RBI single brought him in for a 4-0 lead.
The Jammers, however, almost lost the lead entirely, but Dorsch saved the day.
Diomendes Eusebio singled followed by Miguel Rosario fanning the next two hitters. Singles by Gordon and Willie Medina filled the bases and Kyle Bacak's two-run single and Bryan Mejia double put the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second.
At that point, Jamestown manager Brian Esposito summoned Dorsch from the bullpen, and he retired Osvaldo Abreu on a grounder to second to end the game.
Until the hectic seventh, Auburn only had one base runner reach third base and that was Medina in the third after singling, stealing second and being sacrifieced to third by Bacak. He was stranded there as DuRapau retired the next two hitters.
The Jammers had only nine hits in the twin bill and all were singles.
Jamestown hopes to keep the winning streak going when Batavia comes in today at 7:05 p.m. After going to Batavia on Saturday night, the Jammers meet the Muckdogs at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday, which is the first of three straight Sunday home games.