NILES, Ohio - Strong pitching by Isaac Sanchez, Lance Breedlove and Kevin Kleis carried the Jamestown Jammers to a successful debut as a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate in the New York-Penn League on Monday night.
The trio, who all pitched for State College a year ago, combined on a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and only one walk in a 5-0 Pinckney Division win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers before a crowd of 5,531.
Sanchez went five innings and allowed three hits with five strikeoutsd no walks in gaining the win. Breedlove worked two innings and gave up two hits with three strikeouts and a walk and then Kleis finished up with two perfect innings with a strikeout.
After a scoreless opening inning, the Jammers got the only run they needed when designated hitter Danny Collins, Pittsburgh's 13th-round pick in this year's draft, hit a home run leading off the second inning to left-center field off loser Luis Lugo (0-1) at Eastwood Field.
That was the way it stayed until the seventh inning when the visitors scored once more as Edwin Espinal singled home Jin-De Jhang, who had reached base on an error by left fielder Joshua McAdams.
Jamestown extended its lead to 4-0 in the eighth with two run against Joshua Nervis, the third Mahoning Valley pitcher.
Harold Ramirez doubled home Elvis Escobar, who had singled, and Jhang delivered Ramirez with an RBI single for the second run of the inning.
Rafael Homblert relieved in the ninth for the Scrappers and gave up a run when Elvis Escobar's sacrifice fly scored Jesus Vasquez, who had singled. Beau Wallace was hit by a pitch and Michael Fransoso singled to fill the bases to set the stage for Escobar.
Jamestown belted out 14 hits with Esobar having three. Ramirez, Jhang, Collins, and Vasquez recorded two each.
The Scrappers had a couple of threats in the second and seventh innings.
In the second, they had runners on second and third with one out when Tyler Booth bunted into a double play.
In the seventh, Mahoning Valley loaded the bases with nobody out on a double by Juan Herrera, a single by McAdams and a walk to Ryan Battaglia. But the Scrappers failed again to score. Rebel Garcia popped out, then Jammers' catcher Jhang picked off Battaglia at first base and Breedlove fanned Martin Cervenka to end the threat.
Colten Brewer, a fourth round pick in 2011, will get the starting nod for the Jammers tonight at Mahoning Valley.