For the fifth straight game the Jamestown Jammers were involved in a one-run game, and for the fourth time they came up on the short end.
Back at Diethrick Park for the first time since July 10, the Jammers were hoping to get a winning streak going against the Connecticut Tigers on Wednesday night, but the Tigers had other ideas and came away with a 3-2 decision in the New York-Pennsylvania League before a turnout of 1,965 fans.
During the past five games, the Jammers have surrendered only 14 runs, but scored just scored only 11. The lone victory in that stretch was a 1-0 win over Lowell on Sunday.
Jamestown Jammers first baseman Danny Collins fields a bouncer down the first-base line during Wednesday night's New York-Penn League game against the Connecticut Tigers at Diethrick Park. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
Connecticut, which had a team batting average of only .206 among the nine players in the starting lineup, scored all the runs it needed with a three-run third inning.
Pat Leyland, the son of the Detroit manager and former Jamestown Tiger Jim Leyland, singled off Chad Kuhl (0-1). Austin Schotts followed with a single and Kasey Coffman's infield out moved the runners to second and third.
Curt Powell tripled in both runners to make it 2-0 and scored himself for the third run on a throwing error by right fielder Harold Ramirez after a flyout by Dominic Ficociello.
Joe Flattery and Austin Pritcher (1-0) held Jamestown to only three hits for the first seven innings with the lone run coming against Flattery in the fourth inning.
JaCoby Jones singled and stole second base for the Jammers. Then, Jones took third on a balk by Flattery and scored on infield out by Jin-De Jhang for 18th RBI of the season.
Connecticut carried that lead into the ninth with Jonathan Maciel on the mound. Maciel retired the first two batters and it appeared to be an easy win.
However, Jhang and Ramirez kept things alive with singles and Mike Fransoso singled as well for his 12th
RBI of the year.
Zac Reininger got his second save when he was brought on to face Danny Collins, who smashed a line drive to third baseman Brett Harrison to end the game.
Kuhl, Axel Diaz and Brett McKinney combined for 11 strikeouts and a walk while yielding nine hits.
The Jammers managed six singles. Besides the lack of hitting, the Jammers weren't very good defensively as Collins committed his first three errors of the season and Ramirez added one.
The Jammers now have a 17-12 record in Pinckney Division followed by State College and Williamsport both at 15-13. State College picked up a game on Jamestown by beating Lowell, 8-2, while Williamsport failed to pick up ground by losing to Hudson Valley, 7-3.
Jamestown plays host to Connecticut (12-17) again today at 7:05 p.m. and again on Friday night at the same.