JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Drive home safely.
Robert Taylor's two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth erased a one-run deficit and gave the Jamestown Jammers a series victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters with a 6-5 win in the rubber match of a three-game set at Diethrick Park.
Taylor's blast was a game winner, but it should've only tied the game. Jamestown's leadoff man in the inning, Chase Austin, was only on base because of a Lake Monsters throwing error.
Still, Taylor made the most of his opportunity and pushed the Jammers to 11-16 on the season.
The Jammers fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning when starting pitcher Curtis Petersen allowed an RBI groundout from Vermont's Justin Bloxom and and a sacrifice fly from J.R. Higley.
The Jammers stormed back to grab a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI single from Dustin Dickerson, an RBI double from Rand Smith, a sac fly from Jose Ceballos and an RBI groundout from Erik Kanaby.
The lead was short lived as Vermont scored twice in the fifth to tie it and took a 5-4 lead in the seventh after a wild pitch by Jammers relief pitcher Wilson Matos.
Jamestown trailed until Taylor's dramatics in the ninth, but it gives the Jammers a two-game streak heading into a weekend series with Hudson Valley.
The opener of that series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday at Diethrick Park, Jamestown.
Vermont 200 020 100 - 5 7 1
Jamestown 000 400 002 - 6 12 3
2b-Jeffrey Kobernus (V), Rand Smith (J). HR-Robert Taylor (J). WP-Ajejandro Ramos. LP-Steven Stewart.
2009 New York-Penn League Baseball
Through July 16, 2009
Brooklyn (Mets) 18-9 .667 -
Hudson Valley (Rays) 14-11 .560 3
Staten Island (Yankees) 14-13 .519 4
Aberdeen (Orioles) 9-17 .346 8.5
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 16-11 .593 -
Williamsport (Phillies) 15-12 .556 1
State College (Pirates) 13-13 .500 2.5
Batavia (Cardinals) 12-14 .462 3.5
Jamestown (Marlins) 11-16 .407 5
Auburn (Blue Jays) 9-18 .333 7
Oneonta (Tigers) 16-8 .667 -
Lowell (Red Sox) 14-12 .538 3
Vermont (Nationals) 13-13 .500 4
Tri-City (Astros) 8-15 .348 7.5
Hudson Valley 5, Batavia 4
Tri-City 10, State College 4
Brooklyn 4, Williamsport 3
Lowell 2, Aberdeen 0
Oneonta 8, Auburn 4
Staten Island 9, Mahoning Valley 1
Jamestown 6, Vermont 2
Williamsport 3, Brooklyn 1
State College vs. Tri-City, late
Lowell 6, Aberdeen 4
Batavia vs. Hudson Valley, late
Oneonta 5, Auburn 4
Staten Island 5, Mahoning Valley 4
Jamestown 6, Vermont 5