Jamestown, NY--A two-out Wilfri Pena solo home run gave the Doubledays a one run lead heading to the bottom of the eighth.
Unfortunately, that lead was short-lived.
Jamestown scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth on the way to a 7-6 win over the Doubledays at Russell Diethrick Park on Thursday night.
The win knots up the series at one game apiece and sets up a rubber match tomorrow night in Jamestown.
The scoring was started by the Jammers in the first inning, when Rony Peralta blasted his first home run of the year over the left-field wall, giving Jamestown the early 1-0 lead. That lead was erased in the top of the second, when Doubledays' third-baseman Matt Skole hit his first professional home run, an opposite field shot over the wall in left, tying the game at one run apiece.
Auburn took the lead in the fourth, plating three runs with two outs. Matt Skole and Angelberth Montilla got things started with back-to-back singles, and Skole scored on a fielding error by Jamestown's second baseman, Josh Adams, that allowed Caleb Ramsey to reach. Roberto Perez and Wilfri Pena followed with RBI singles, giving Auburn a 4-1 lead.
Jamestown got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Terrence Dayleg sent one over the left-centerfield fence for his third home run of the season. The solo shot pulled the Jammers within two runs at 4-2.
Auburn added their fifth run of the game in the sixth when Roberto Perez singled with two outs and scored on Pena's double, putting the Doubledays up three runs.
Ryan Demmin went back to work for Auburn in the bottom of the sixth, but unfortunately ran into trouble. After retiring Peralta to start the inning, he gave up a base hit to Brent Keys and then hit Terrence Dayleg with a pitch, putting two men on and one man out for Austin Barnes. Doubledays' skipper Gary Cathcart took Demmin out of the game and brought in 22nd round draft pick, Travis Henke.
Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse. Henke gave up an RBI single to Austin Barnes and surrendered a 2-RBI double to Josh Adams, tying the game at five, before getting out of the inning.
The Doubledays took the lead back in the top of the eighth, when Wilfri Pena hit his first home run of the year, putting Auburn up 6-5. But the Jammers would respond with two in the bottom of the eighth, taking advantage of a Doubledays error to score a pair of runs and come from behind in a 7-6 win.
The loss drops the Doubledays into a tie for second place in the Pinckney Division with Mahoning Valley, a full game back of first place Jamestown.
The Doubledays will take on Jamestown tomorrow night in the third game of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and the audio play-by-play can be heard at 89.1 FM in Auburn, NY or on the internet at www.auburndoubledays.com.