The Jamestown Jammers went 3-4 in their final full week of New York-Penn League action, as they played the Williamsport Crosscutters and State College Spikes.
The Jammers began play Sunday with a record of 31-40, 12-1/2 games behind the Pinckney Division-leading Auburn Doubledays, who hold a slim one-game lead over the Batavia Muckdogs.
The Jammers' week began with their game against the Spikes being rained out and pushed to Aug. 30, as part of a double-header.
Jamestown got back to the field on Monday Aug. 27, when they traveled to Williamsport to take on the Crosscutters in a three-game series.
The Jammers dropped the first two games, 6-2 and 2-1, respectively, before earning a 4-3 win on Aug. 29. The Jammers returned home to face the Spikes on Aug. 30, losing the first game of their double-header, 4-2, before winning the second game, 2-1. On Friday, the Jammers edged the Spikes, 8-7, before losing the final game of the four-game set, 3-2, on Saturday.
In its 6-2 loss to the Crosscutters, Blake Logan suffered the loss, allowing five first-inning runs, before settling in to throw scoreless ball during the second, third and fourth innings. Logan (1-2) finished allowing five runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two over four innings of work.
Yefri Perez and Jose Behar (two doubles) each had two hits in the loss, each adding an RBI.
Ryan Newell allowed a hit while striking out one and walking three in relief of Logan and Chipper Smith allowed a run on four hits while striking out one in finishing the game for the Jammers, pitching the seventh and eighth innings.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth in their game on Aug. 28, on an RBI groundout off the bat of Juancito Martinez, Jammers' starting pitcher Helpi Reyes was unable to hold the 1-0 advantage, allowing a pair of Crosscutters to cross home plate for a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately for the Jammers, that lead would stand, as the Crosscutters' Steven Inch and Geoff Broussard kept them off the scoreboard the rest of the way, combining to allow two hits and a walk over the game's final three innings.
Reyes (2-7) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three over six innings while Frankie Reed allowed a hit and struck out three over the final two innings.
Viosergy Rosa went 3-for-4 in the loss while Pedro Mendoza added a pair of hits for the Jammers.
The Jammers won a close game with the Crosscutters on Aug. 29, 4-3. Ramon Del Orbe (3-5) earned the win, tossing seven innings of four-hit, two-run ball, striking out seven and walking two.
The Jammers scored single runs in the first, second and third innings, building a slim 3-2 lead, before scoring the eventual game-winning run in the top of the fifth on a Avery Romero RBI single.
The Crosscutters got to within a run in the bottom of the eighth on a passed ball that scored Chace Numata. Miguel Fermin picked up the save, allowing the unearned run in the eighth and two hits. Fermin struckout one while picking up his first save of the season.
Kolby Copeland, Rosa (double), and Romero (RBI) all had two hits while Matt Juengel and Kentrell Dewitt (double) each had an RBI in the win.
After losing 2-of-3 to the Crosscutters, the Jammers returned home to Diethrick Park to take on the Spikes in a four-game series.
On Thursday, the Jammers and Spikes split a double-header, with the Spikes winning the first game, 4-2, and the Jammers the second, 2-1.
Mason Hope (3-4) suffered the loss, tossing six innings of four-hit, three-run ball, striking out four and walking four. Jose Rodriguez tossed the final inning of the seven-inning affair, allowing a run on a hit while walking one.
Copeland and Yeison Hernandez each had a triple while Sharif Othman added a double and an RBI. Martinez drove in the Jammers' other run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.
In its 2-1 win in the second game, Beau Wright (3-4) picked up the win in relief of Ryan Newell, who tossed the first three innings, allowing four hits while striking out three and walking one. Wright allowed a run on one hit while striking out one and walking two, before giving way to Jheyson Manzueta, who struck out four and walked one, working the final two innings to pick up his second save of the season.
The Jammers scored both their runs in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Rosa and an RBI ground out off the bat of Michael Vaughn.
Copeland, Rosa and Rony Peralta (double) had the Jammers' hits.
The Jammers stayed in the win column on Friday, edging the Spikes, 8-7, after surviving a scare in the top of the ninth that saw State College score a pair of runs, before Casey McCarthy was able to pick up his first save of the season.
Chipper Smith (1-0) picked up his first win for Jamestown, coming in to pitch the sixth inning after Drew Steckenrider allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out two over the game's first five innings.
Smith allowed a run on two hits while striking out one while McCarthy picked up a three-inning save by allowing a pair of runs on two hits, striking out seven.
Down 2-0 entering the bottom of the third inning, the Jammers scored three runs to take the lead. However, the Spikes tacked on single runs in the third and fourth innings to retake the lead, 4-3, before adding another run in the top of the sixth, pushing their lead to 5-3.
The lead did not last long though, as the Jammers put up their second three-run inning of the game to take a 6-5 lead, adding a pair of runs in their half of the seventh to go up 8-5.
Romero went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to lead the Jamestown offense while Felix Munoz went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs of his own. Martinez added an RBI in going 2-for-4 while Hernandez added a pair of hits and an RBI in the win.
The Jammers ended the week with a 3-2 loss to the Spikes, as Sean Donatello allowed the deciding run to cross the plate in the top of the eighth inning. Donatello finished the game allowing a run on two hits while striking out one over the final two innings.
Logan started the game, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven over five innings of work, before giving way to Patrick Merkling, who allowed a hit in his two innings of relief.
Perez had a pair of doubles in the loss for the Jammers, driving in one of their two runs while Romero had the other RBI. Jesus Solorzano went 3-for-4, including a pair of doubles in the loss.
The Jammers' ability to score with runners in scoring position plagued the team once again this past week, as it went 4-for-33 (.121 AVG) in its four losses, in which they were outscored, 15-7. In its three wins, Jamestown was 10-for-25 (.400 AVG).
The Jammers wrap up their season this week, as they face Mahoning Valley at home for two games, before splitting a season-ending home-and-home series with the Batavia Muckdogs.
The Jammers final game of the season will begin at 6 p.m., at Diethrick Park, on Sept. 5.