AUBURN - Chase Simpson of the Jamestown Jammers won't like to stop facing the Auburn Doubledays pitching staff, judging by the three-game series that concluded Tuesday night at Falcon Park in the New York-Penn League.
Simpson batted 7-for-10 for the series, which included three hits and three RBIs on Tuesday, as the Jammers (32-37) downed the Auburn Doubledays (31-38), 4-1, before a crowd of 2,251.
Despite the hitting of Simpson, the Jammers were eliminated from the wild card race when Brooklyn (39-31) also eliminated Staten Island (35-34), 8-2.
The Jammers are in second place in the Pinckney Division, trailing champion State College (43-27) by 10 games. They are involved in a five-team battle for second place with only two games separating the teams and just six days left in the season.
Jamestown got excellent starting pitching from Montana DuRapau (3-2), who worked six innings in which he allowed a run with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Eric Dorsch of the Jammers worked scoreless seventh and eighth innings, and teammate Julio Eusebio toiled a perfect ninth to pick up his third save of the season.
The game was deadlocked at 1 as the Jammers entered the seventh inning against reliever Joe Webb (0-1). Jordan Luplow and Michael Suchy singled and after a wild pitch by Webb advanced the runners it was Simpson breaking the tie with a two-run single to center field for a 3-1 edge.
In the top of the ninth, Simpson added some insurance by taking a Dave Ramos pitch over the right-field fence for his seventh home run of the season and second in this series. That gave Simpson 26 RBIs, which leads the team.
Simpson also accounted for the first Jamestown run after singling in the second inning. He came around on David Andriese's double to right field for a 1-0 lead.
Auburn evened matters at 1-1 in the fourth against DuRapau. With two outs, Jeff Gardner singled and came home on Cody Gunter's RBI double. DuRapau settled down and got D. K. Carey on an infield out to end the inning.
The other threat from Auburn came in the eighth against Dorsch when Randy Read walked with one out and Austin Davidson's single took Read to third. However, Dorsch got Langlois to strike out looking and Read was caught off third base for the third out by catcher Deybi Garcia.
Jamestown, now 1-2 on the road trip, travels to Williamsport for games today and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Then it is off to Mahoning Valley for contests Friday and Saturday night before heading home for the final two contests at Diethrick Park on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. and Monday at 1:05 p.m. versus Mahoning Valley.