Top-notch pitching by Jackson Lodge, Axel Diaz and Kevin Kleis was the difference for the Jamestown Jammers (8-5) in the New York-Pennsylvania League on a Monday night at Diethrick Park.
Lodge, Diaz and Kleis combined for the first Jamestown shutout of the season with an eight-hitter and the Jammers broke the scoreless duel in the ninth inning for a 1-0 victory in the Pinckney Division.
The Jammers managed only seven hits off Kenny Matthews, Cole Sulser, Alexis Parades and loser Trevor Frank (0-1) in beating the Scrappers for third time in four decisions. The foursome fanned eight and walked just one.
Lodge went the first five innings and gave up six hits with two strikeouts, Diaz went the next two innings and yielded two hits with three strikeouts and Kleis the final two hitless innings with two strikeouts in picking up his first win of the year.
The winning and only run came against Frank in the ninth inning. After an out, Jin-De Jhang singled to left field, Danny Collins doubled to left sending Jhang to third and then Edwin Espinal lofted a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly.
Jamestown threatened to score in the first inning when Harold Ramirez and Jhang were retired with Mike Fransoso on third by a single, stolen base and passed ball.
The Jammers had a chance again in the fourth when Fransoso and Jhang singled, but Collins and Espinal were retired.
In the sixth, Jamestown was denied yet another scoring opportunity as Collins was retired with two men on base.
Mahoning Valley put up a threat in the first inning as the Scrappers loaded the bases on two hit batsmen by Lodge and a single by Nellie Rodriguez. Lodge got out of the bases-loaded threat by retiring Josh McAdams.
In the third, the Scrappers collected three singles by Paul Hendrix, James Roberts and Rodriguez but a double play helped end that threat.
Jhang and Fransoso led the Jammers with two hits apiece while Cody Ferrell and Rodriguez had two hits for Mahoning Valley. Jamestown, which leads the Pinckney Division by a half game over State College (8-6), plays Mahoning Valley at 7:05 p.m. today.