By The Post-Journal
The red-hot Jamestown Jammers won their fourth in a row and seventh of their last nine decisions in the New York-Pennsylvania League on Friday night at Diethrick Park.
Tyler Eppler, who got his first win despite pitching to an earned run average of 2.70, Jerry Mulderig and Jose Regalado combined on a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the Jammers blanked Batavia, 5-0.
The victory left the Jammers at 28-31 and four games back of Brooklyn in a wild card race that has seven teams contesting for the final berth.
Brooklyn leads with a 33-28 record followed by Connecticut a game back at 32-29, Staten Island 2 back at 30-30 and Lowell 3 back at 29-31.
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Batavia and Williamsport are both 28-33 and are five games out.
Eppler worked six innings , permitting only three hits with five strikeouts. Mulderig came on in the seventh inning for two innings of work, allowing two hits and striking out four before Regalado pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout to wrap up the first shutout at for the Jammers at Diethrick Park this season.
In the last three games at home, the pitching staff hasn't walked a single batter and hasn't allowed an extra-base hit. The Jammers have combined for a total of 30 strikeouts during that span.
Chase Simpson accounted for the first Jamestown run in the second inning by blasting a pitch from Jacob Smigelski (2-1) over the left-field fence for his fifth home run of the season. It was the first home run by any Jammer since Taylor Gushue homered in a 3-1 loss at Auburn on July 27.
It was the first four-bagger at home since Kevin Krause won the game with a two-run belt in the ninth inning of a 4-2 win over Batavia on July 26.
The Jammers put it away with a three runs in the third for a 4-0 edge. Erik Lunde started it off with a walk followed by Elvis Escobar's second of three singles and Carl Anderson's infield out.
After Jordan Luplow was fanned for the second out, Michael Suchy knocked in both runs with a two-run triple and the next batter Gushie singled in Suchy for the third run of the inning. For Gushue, it was his 27th RBI for the season and Suchy's triple was his fifth of the year.
The final two runs came in the fifth against Smigelski, who was charged with all six earned runs. Walks to Luplow and Suchy ended the day for Smigelski and brought on reliever James Buckelew.
A double steal by Luplow and Suchy moved the runners into scoring position and Simpson delivered a two-run double for his second and third RBIs of the game.
The best chance the Muckdogs had came against Mulderig in the seventh when Carlos Duran and Aaron Blanton had one-out singles but the Jammers righthander retired John Norwood on strikes and got Eric Fisher on an infield out.
Jamestown, now 13-15 at Diethrick Park for the season, goes for its fifth win in a row when it travels to Batavia for a 7:05 p.m. game today. The teams battle at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday at Diethrick Park.