By ALLEN SEYBERT
AUBURN, N.Y. - A split isn't all that bad - unless you're trying to distance yourself in a pennant race.
The Jamestown Jammers split a six-game, two-city series with the Auburn Doubledays, dropping the series finale, 2-0, Thursday in Auburn.
A trio of Auburn pitchers helped shut down Jamestown from the onset, limiting the New York-Penn Baseball League Pinckney Division leading Jammers to just two hits in Thursday's contest.
Jammers' pitching wasn't all that bad Thursday, but it did allow just enough to suffer defeat. Auburn plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth and added another for good measure in the seventh.
The two runs in the fourth came off of Jamestown starter Holden Sprague. Oliver Dominguez started the inning with a double to right field. He moved to third on a passed ball and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it, 1-0. The second run came later on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Nuzzo.
The insurance marker came in the seventh when Stephen McQuail singled home Lance Durham off of Jammers reliever Jeremy Heatley.
Jamestown drops to 38-27 with the loss, but still holds a slim division lead as it heads back to Diethrick Park. The Jammers open a crucial three-game set with the Williamsport Crosscutters at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
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2b-Oliver Dominguez (A), Jack Murphy (A), Lance Durham (A). WP-Juan Hernandez. LP-Holden Sprague. Save-Drew Permison.