He kept Jamestown scoreless through five innings.
By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- With two of the premier players in the New York-Penn League in top form, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers rallied to beat the Jamestown Jammers 10-7 Thursday at Eastwood Field.
Dan Cevette pitched a shutout for the first five innings and left with a 5-0 lead.
Chris Gimenez, the top home run hitter in the league, collected a two-run homer, a double and a single to go with his four runs scored. His diving catch in shallow left in the ninth inning helped to preserve the win.
Cevette (3-0) entered the game with the third-best earned run average in the league -- 1.67 -- and he now has 35 strikeouts and just five walks in 32 innings.
"I didn't have my good stuff today," Cevette said. "I had to battle."
He spaced five hits and walked none, only once allowing a runner to reach third base.
Don't tell the Jammers he didn't have his best stuff.
"Every time you should go out with that stoneface and battle through it. Whatever you have, give them your best," said Cevette.
Cevette said he doesn't keep track of individual ERAs, preferring to work on perfecting his skill.
"I'm just trying to focus on my game and to keep on trying to get the team a chance to win," he said.
After the Scrappers (13-14) took a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning, the Jammers (10-17) rallied to score three times in the seventh and tie the score at 7.
Sparked by a two-run double by Fernando Pacheco, the resilient Scrappers scored three times in the bottom of the seventh for the final score.
"He continues to pound the strike zone with all his pitches," Scrappers manager Mike Sarbaugh said of Cevette.
"He battles out of jams when he needs to. He continues to do a good job."
Sarbaugh also praised Gimenez, who has been producing at a myriad of positions.
"He's playing all different positions," Sarbaugh said. "He's done a great job everywhere he's gone. He looks like he's really seeing the ball well."
Gimenez was told his second-inning homer to right field was his sixth of the season, tops in the league.
"Well, I guess it feels good," said Gimenez, who added he didn't know he was in first place.
"That's always good, I guess. Hopefully I can keep that going. We got some hits there to create some separation and get us a win."
After the Scrappers scored three times in the seventh inning to snap a 7-7 tie, the Jammers had one final shot.
The lead-off hitter hit a sinking fly ball to shallow left that seemed destined to fall for a hit. Gimenez went hard and dove for the thrilling catch.
"I didn't really get a good read on it, I'll be honest with you," Gimenez said. "I dove and I caught it. I showed it to [the umpire] and he said 'Yes.' "
After tying the game, the last seven Jammers were retired in order.
Cleveland 2b5000Reyes 2b5010
Davis c4110Parker 3b 4220
McCann 3b4210Toregas c5112
Restko 1b4110Butia dh4100
Fulton ss5122Gimenez lf4432
Sewell lf4010Montgmry cf2121
Gaston rf3111Encarnacion rf 4001
Lindesey cf4112Pacheco 1b3112
Carroll dh4022Finegan ss 3000
E--Encarnacion. LOB--Jammers 7, Scrappers 9. 2B--Fulton, Carroll, Gimenez, Montgomery, Pacheco. 3B--Gaston, Toregas. HR--Gimenez. SB--Parker.
Barone L, 0-3 2 2-375550
Knox W, 2-21-310003
Harris S, 5100000
Umpires--Home, Mike Winestein; Bases, Art Thigpen. T--2:55. A--3,765.