The Jamestown Jammers ended their home losing streak at seven games on Sunday in impressive fashion with a 6-1 New York-Penn League victory over the State College Spikes.
Five Jamestown pitchers held State College to only four hits. They were Mason Hope, Chipper Smith, Brian Ellington, Jheyson Manzueta and Jose Rodriguez.
The Jammers had only eight hits, but made them count and leading the way were Michael Main, Jesus Solorzano and Anthony Gomez with two each.
Above, while third baseman Pedro Mendoza looks on, Jamestown Jammers starting pitcher Mason Hope makes a throw to first base after fielding a bouncer to the mound during Sunday’s New York-Penn League game against the State College Spikes. Below, former major league pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes is on a rehab assignment for the Pittsburgh Pirates and worked the sixth and seventh innings for State College. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
State College starting pitcher Clay Holmes came into the game leading the league in ERA with 0.83 and he sported a 4-1 record. However, it was a rough day for the right-hander as he walked five batters in 1 innings when he left with his team trailing 3-0.
Holmes managed to get out of the first inning with only one run scoring, thanks to a double play. After that, he walked Solorzano and Viosergy Rosa and then Gomez came through with an RBI single.
In the second inning, Holmes walked the first two batters, Yefri Perez and Yeison Hernandez, and they moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Juancito Martinez. Main followed with a single to drive in both runners for a 3-0 Jamestown lead and Holmes was relieved by Lance Breedlove.
The Jammers touched up Breedlove for a run when Yefri Perez led off the fourth inning with his first home run for the season for a 4-0 lead.
State College got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Chris Diaz led off the inning with a triple and scored when Jesus Vasquez followed with a double against Hope.
The Jammers got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Solorzano tripled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Gomez.
In the seventh, Jamestown picked up a run off Jo-Jo Reyes, a five-year major league veteran who is on a procedural rehab assignment for State College. Reyes has been pitching for the Indianapolis Indians, Pittsburgh's affiliate in the International League, where he compiled a 5-1 record with 2.03 earned run average.
Reyes, who had a record of 7-11 while playing for Atlanta, Toronto and Baltimore before joining the Pirates' organization, put the Jammers down in order in the sixth inning. But he gave up a run in the seventh.
With two outs, Solorzano reached on a single and scored all the way from first when Rosa followed with another single on which the right fielder attempted a diving catch and the Jammers' lead moved to 6-1.
With the help of two double plays, Jamestown pitchers retired the last 12 Spikes they faced.
The entire NY-P League is off today as it prepares for its all-star game, hosted by Mahoning Valley inNiles, Ohio, on Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. Jamestown players taking part are Rosa, Solorzano, Martinez and Nick Wittgren.
The Jammers return to action on Wednesday when they open a two-game series at State College.