After two weeks of action in the New York-Penn League, the Jamestown Jammers find themselves a game ahead of Mahoning Valley for first place in the Pinckney Division.
The Jammers went 5-2 the first week, before slowing down a bit this past week at 2-3, after taking 2 of 3 games from the Auburn Doubledays, including a 6-5 12-inning win Sunday. They won the series opener 6-5 Friday night, but dropped the second game 8-5 on Saturday.
Earlier in the week, Jamestown fell on the road to State College 6-0 on Monday and 4-3 to Batavia at Russel E. Diethrick Park on Wednesday. The Jammers had games against both the Spikes and Muckdogs suspended by rain. The game at State College will be completed Aug. 29 at 6 p.m., while the game against Batavia will be completed on July 8 at 5:05 p.m., at Dwyer Stadium.
Photo by Jim Riggs
Jamestown’s Jin-De Jhang is congratulated by manager Dave Turgeon after the he hit a solo home run in the first inning of the Jammers’ New York-Penn League home opener at Diethrick Park on Thursday, June 20.
Jamestown opened its season on June 17 with a 5-0 shutout win over Mahoning Valley. The Jammers followed that up with a 3-0 shutout on June 18, before dropping the third game of the series, 7-6 on June 19.
The Jammers then came home to Diethrick Park to take on the Williamsport Crosscutters June 20-22, and took 2 of 3 games. They won the opener 12-6, the second game 8-3, but lost the final game of the three-game set, 10-4.
The Jammers finished the week with a 6-5 win over State College on June 23.
Thus far, the Jammers have outscored their opponents by a slim 64-59 margin while hitting .260 with runners in scoring position (33 for 127). They have gone 24 for 89 (.270) with RISP in their seven wins while going 9 for 38 (.237) in their five losses. Also through 12 games, the Jammers have left 94 runners on base (7.8 per game) and have committed 16 errors, including a season-high five in their 7-6 loss to the Scrappers on June 19.
Leading the way at the plate for Jamestown in the early going has been shortstop Michael Fransoso, who has a .342 AVG, .510 on-base percentage, and .931 OPS. He has three doubles and five RBIs while swiping four bases. First baseman Danny Collins leads the team with four home runs while Jin-De Jhang has a team-high 12 RBIs. Collins is second with 10 RBIs while Fransoso, Jodaneli Carvajal, Jeff Roy and Harold Ramirez all have five. Fransoso leads the team in runs scored with 10 while Roy is second with nine. Collins and Elvis Escobar have crossed home plate eight times each.
Collectively, Jamestown is hitting .254 with a .337 OBP. They are slugging .384 and have scored the fourth-most runs.
On the hill, Colten Brewer is 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA over 13-2/3 innings pitched while striking out six and walking five. Jackson Lodge, Kurt Yacko, Isaac Sanchez, Lance Breedlove and Jovany Lopez are all 1-0 while Kevin Kleis, Cesar Lopez and Brett McKinney have all recorded a save each.
As a team, Jamestown is pitching to a 3.88 ERA while striking out 82 and walking 46. The Jammers' staff has allowed a league-high 13 home runs and 20 hit batsmen.
This week, Jamestown hosts Mahoning Valley today through Wednesday, before traveling to take on Auburn July 4-6. They return home July 7 to take on Batavia.