BATAVIA - A Jamestown Jammers blowout in the making was cut short at Dwyer Stadium on Tuesday evening, but, contrary to what one might think, the squad isn't feeling too bad about it.
The Jammers, who lead the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division by 2.5 games over the State College Spikes, scored at least a run in each of the first four innings against the host Batavia Muckdogs, and held a commanding 7-0 lead before the game was delayed in the seventh due to heavy rain and lightning.
But, after a 50-minute delay and with five complete innings in the book, the game was soon called, and instead of joining the ranks as yet another Jammers' contest with a result to be decided later, it became victory No. 21 (against just 13 losses) on the season.
The victory was the first of the year for 6-foot-3 right-handed starter Chad Kuhl. The University of Delaware product scattered just three hits and fanned four over five innings, lowering his earned-run average to 0.90.
But while Kuhl found himself having a rather easy time of it on the hill his counterpart, Max Garner (0-1), wasn't so lucky.
Jamestown plated one run in the first, two in the second, one in the third and then tacked on another three in the fourth to reach the winning margin.
Adam Frazier accounted for the first run of the game when he hit a leadoff double before scoring on a Harold Ramirez RBI groundout.
Ramirez (.328) led the Jammers with three hits in four at-bats, two runs scored and a team-high three RBIs.
After Kuhl sent down the Muckdogs' first three batters in order in the bottom half of the first, Jeff Roy walked to open the second and later scored on Erich Weiss' line-drive single to right. Weiss would come around to score moments later to make it 3-0 when Elvis Escobar connected for his third double of the year.
Danny Collins plated Ramirez in the third with a double, his 10th of the year, to increase the advantage to 4-0.
Jamestown put what would turn out to be the finishing touches on the victory in the fourth, as Weiss and Frazier drew walks before Ramirez drilled a bases-clearing triple to right. Ramirez didn't have to spend much time on third, either, as Jin-De Jhang followed his triple with an RBI double and a 7-0 lead.
Jhang, like Ramirez, went 3-for-4.
The Muckdogs and Jammers, who have now won three of their last four games, are back in action today at 11:05 a.m.