While Hugh Bedient night was a success with a good crowd on hand at Diethrick Park, the same can't be said for the Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Penn League on Thursday night.
Jamestown was seeking a second win over the Lowell Spinners (17-27), the last place team in the Stedler Division, but the Jammers were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and fell to the visitors, 4-2.
The loss dropped the Jammers three games under .500 again (20-23) and with Auburn (27-16) again winning they fall seven games behind the leaders of the Pinckney Division.
Jamestown started out strong against Lowell ace William Cuevas (5-1) with singles by Juancito Martinez and Michael Main. Main, however, attempted to steal second and was gunned down by catcher J. T. Watkins. That was an important play because Jesus Solorzano hit a sacrifice fly for his 22nd RBI this season and Viosergy Rosa doubled. That probably would have scored Main if he hadn't been thrown out stealing.
Lowell got that run back in the second against Mason Hope (1-3). Kendrick Perkins tripled with two outs and Jake Davies singled him in.
In the third inning, Lowell completed its scoring with three runs to take a 4-1 edge.
Watkins was hit by a pitch and Mike Miller and Deven Marrero, the top pick of the Boston Red Sox this year, followed with singles to load the bases. Hope issued a bases-loaded walk to Matthew Gedman, the son of former Boston catcher Rich Gedman, and Matthew Marquis singled in two runs. Gedman was gunned down by left fielder Solorzano at third.
The Jammers wasted a double by Matt Juengel in the fourth and left the singling Juancito Martinez at second base in the fifth and in the sixth Solarzano beat out an infield hit to shortstop Mike Miller. That close play resulted in the ejection of Lowell manager Bruce Crabbe. Solorzano took off for second and again was thrown out by Watkins.
Finally in the seventh when Cuevas departed, the Jammers got closer when Anthony Gomez greeted reliever Yunior Ortega with his second homer of the season for his 20th RBI of the year. Sharif Othman followed with a double and then was out at third when Yeison Hernandez hit into a fielder's choice. Martinez got his third hit with Hernandez stopping at second. Then Ortega bore down and got Main on a fielder's choice and Kentrell Dewitt on a pop up to end the threat.
The Jammers would never put a man on base again as the final eight batters were retired with Kyle Kraus getting the final three in the ninth for his third save of the year.
Sean Donatello, Brian Ellington and Jheyson Manzuetta pitched four relief innings in which they allowed Lowell only one hit and no runs.
The rubber game of the series with Lowell is at 7:05 p.m. today.