When Jamestown Jammers manager Dave Turgeon arrived in the visitor’s clubhouse at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park a familiar sight greeted him. As the State College Spikes manager last season, Turgeon developed a specific pre-game snack.
In addition to the meal, Turgeon also got a victory when his Jammers held off the Spikes 6-5 in front of 3,714 fans following a one-hour, 45-minute delay for lightning.
“Awesome coming back,” Turgeon said. “Made a lot of good friends here. … My former (clubhouse attendant) had a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich and Doritos waiting for me when I got here today because he knows that’s what I like.”
The Jammers used timely hitting and quick thinking to keep the Spikes, who nibbled at the lead but couldn’t break through, at arm’s length.
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Jamestown (5-2) had 11 hits to just six for State College (4-3). Colten Brewer (2-0) gave up four runs (three earned), five hits, a walk and struck out three in five innings for the Jammers. Kevin Kleis (1) got the save.
Jodanelli Carvajal, who spent last season with the Spikes, wreaked havoc at the leadoff spo, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. His leadoff counterpart Jimmy Bosco went 2-for-5 for State College (4-3), scored two runs and was the Spikes’ only multi-hit batter.
Carvajal led off the game with a triple to the gap in left-center and later scored on Jin-De Jhang’s RBI single.
Bosco returned the favor in the State College first with a triple to the gap in right-center. Cesar Valera (1-for-3, two RBIs) scored Bosco on a fielder’s choice.
However, State College would get little in the way of big hits. The No. 4 through No. 9 spots in the order went 2-for-21.
That certainly didn’t help Juan Bautista (0-2).
The young right-hander gave up five runs (two earned), nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. He threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of the 28 batters he faced, but had trouble locating his change-up and gave up hits after being ahead in counts.
“Had trouble with the off-speed, was leaving the fastball up and didn’t pitch inside enough,” said Spikes manager Oliver Marmol of Bautista. “That tends to make the batter comfortable whenever you’re not throwing in so everything up and over the plate they hit pretty good.”
In contrast, the Spikes couldn’t muster any crooked numbers on the scoreboard.
The Jammers scored three in the third, never trailed in the game and used a nice managerial decision to buy some insurance in the seventh.
After Dan Collins led off the seventh with a single and Harold Ramirez popped out, Turgeon used what he called a “flash” play to stay out of a double play. Turgeon wouldn’t give away the strategy, but it functioned as a hit-and-run as Collins broke with Edwin Espinal swinging at the plate. The Jammers’ designated hitter grounded to shortstop, which could have been an inning-ending double play if not for Collins’ movement on the pitch.
Safe at second, Collins scored when Jimmy Rider (2-for-3) doubled to left a batter later. The run was crucial because Bruce Caldwell hit a solo shot in the bottom half of the seventh that would have tied the game.
Turgeon enjoyed the evening.
“It’s like coming home in a way to be quite honest,” Turgeon said of returning. “Being in the other dugout was just another day on the job for me … but it’s nice. It’s nice coming back to a familiar place. It’s not like you’re in hostile territory.”
State College will send right-hander Chris Perry to the mound for Monday’s 7:05 p.m. start. Jamestown will start right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas.