The Jamestown Jammers, the last-place team in the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division, snapped a seven-game losing streak Saturday, dropping the Batavia Muckdogs, 6-5.
Down 5-2 in the top of the ninth inning, the Jammers rallied for four runs to pick up their first win in a week, as Pedro Mendoza singled home Kentrell Dewitt with the eventual game-winning run.
Matt Juengel singled to get the Jammers going, before Viosergy Rosa walked to put two runners on for Jesus Solorzano. A passed ball moved the runners up for Solorzano, who singled in Juengel and Rosa, to cut the Muckdogs' lead to 5-4. Dewitt bunted Solorzano to second, with an error by Batavia third baseman Garrett Wittels leaving two Jammers on. Jose Behar moved the runners up with a fielder's choice to Wittels, before a walk to Cameron Flynn loaded the bases for Yefri Perez, who forced in the tying run by beating out a double-play ball, setting up Mendoza with a chance to bring in the go-ahead run.
Jake Esch (2-0) picked up the win, tossing five innings of seven-hit, two-run ball, striking out four and walking one while Wittgren picked up his third save of the season, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
The win was the Jammers' first since a 7-5 win over the Muckdogs on June 22.
Mendoza led the offense with three hits, including a double while Perez had a pair of hits, including a double and two RBIs. Also for Jamestown, Solorzano had a hit and two RBIs.
Over the course of the seven-game skid, Jamestown was outscored, 44-14, and committed 16 errors, including five in a 5-4 loss to Batavia on June 26.
On the week, the Jammers dropped four games to the Muckdogs and three more to the Auburn Doubledays.
The Jammers' offense was as bad as its defense, as it went 7 for 44 (.159 AVG) with runners in scoring position, during the week-long losing streak.
Jamestown began the week with a 4-1 loss to Batavia on Sunday, June 24. Ramon Del Orbe (0-1) suffered the loss, tossing six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three. Jheyson Manzueta worked the final three innings, allowing a run on five hits while striking out four.
Juengel, Behar and Juancito Martinez all had two hits while Solorzano hit his second home run of the season to account for the Jammers' lone run.
A seven-run second inning did in Jamestown on Monday, June 25, as the Jammers fell to the Doubledays, 7-2.
Mason Hope (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (three earned) on seven hits while issuing four walks. Sean Donatello and Beau Wright each pitched two innings, combining to allow a hit while striking out seven and walking two.
Anthony Gomez and Yelson Hernandez each had two hits while Cameron Flynn collected the only RBI on a single in the top of the eighth inning that plated the Jammers' final run of the game.
The Jammers were undone by a four-run first inning on Tuesday, June 26, as they fell to the Doubledays, 8-3.
Ryan Newell (0-1) took the loss on the mound, as he allowed four runs on three hits while striking our three and walking two. Blake Logan worked two innings, Frankie Reed an inning-and-a-third, Miguel Fermin recorded two outs and Brian Ellington worked the final inning. Reed allowed a pair of earned runs on a hit while striking out two and walking as many, and Fermin and Ellington each allowed a run on a hit. Ellington's run was unearned however, as an error by second baseman Gomez helped the Doubledays later score their final run of the game.
The Jammers scored a pair of runs in the top of the second on a two-RBI single off the bat of Flynn while their final run of the game came in their last at-bat on an Felix Munoz's first home run of the season.
Austin Nola and Flynn each had a pair of hits for the Jammers in the loss.
On Wednesday, June 27, Jamestown fell to Auburn, 7-0, as Pedro Encarnacion and Brian Rauh combined on the shutout. Encarnacion (1-0) tossed the first six innings, allowing three hits, striking out five and walking one. Rauh worked the final three innings to pick up his first save of the season, allowing a pair of hits while striking out two.
Matt Millroy (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two. Esch worked the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out one and walking one. Manzueta and Wittgren each tossed an inning, with Manzueta tossing a perfect seventh and Wittgren allowing a hit in the eighth while striking out two.
Yefri Perez and Rony Peralta (double) each had a pair of hits in the loss.
The Jammers and Muckdogs played a marathon game on Thursday, June 28, as Batavia topped Jamestown, 5-4, in 17 innings on an error by shortstop Hernandez.
Tied 4-4, the Muckdogs loaded the bases on a single by Jonathan Keener and walks to Matthew Young and Wittels. Steven Ramos then hit a ball to Hernandez, who could not make a clean play on the ball, allowing Young to cross home with the winning run.
Jamestown took a short-lived lead in the top of the 11th, as it scored a pair of runs on an RBI triple by Juengel and an RBI double off the bat of Dewitt. However, Batavia came right back to tie the game in its half of the 11th, as pinch-hitter Wittels connected on a triple off Frankie Reed, chasing home Patrick Wisdom and Young.
The teams went scoreless into the 17th, before the Muckdogs were able to earn their third win over the Jammers this season.
The Jammers had their chances to score, leaving 11 runners on base while going 2 for 11 with RISP. Solorzano (2 for 7), Hernandez (2 for 8) and Munoz all had multiple hits in the loss.
Helpi Reyes, looking to pick up his first win of the season, worked the first six innings of the game, allowing an unearned run on three hits while striking out five and not issuing a walk, lowering his earned-run average to 3.21. Wright (1-2) tossed the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits while walking three and striking out one. Reed earned his first blown save of the season, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking one over his two innings of work.
The Jammers fell to the Muckdogs, 8-1, on Friday, at Diethrick Park, being out-hit 11-4, going 1 for 11 with RISP, and leaving nine runners stranded.
Del Orbe (0-2) suffered his second loss of the week, allowing five runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two.
Flynn drove in the Jammers' lone run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth. At the plate, Nola had two hits while Dewitt connected on his fifth double of the season.
With the seven-straight losses, the Jammers' record dropped to 4-9, putting them five games behind the division-leading Doubledays (9-4).
Jamestown will be back in action this week as they will face off against Auburn at Diethrick Park, before traveling to take on Staten Island and Brooklyn.