Peninsula Oilers topple Anchorage Bucs in 10th inning

Rust's RBI single keeps squad in 1st in Alaska Baseball League

The Peninsula Oilers survived rocky eighth and ninth innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Anchorage Bucs on Monday in Alaska Baseball League action at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.


The Oilers, playing away from Kenai for the first time, won for the 11th time in 12 contests to improve to 6-1 in the ABL and 11-3 overall. Peninsula remains in first place in the league, while the Mat-Su Miners are in second at 7-2 and the Bucs are in third at 3-3.

The Oilers open up a three-game series against the Miners tonight at 7 p.m. at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

The rally that won the game in the top of the 10th for the Oilers started with two outs. Jeff Yamaguchi singled to right field and moved to second on an error by right fielder Boomer Collins. Tanner Rust made the Bucs pay when he singled to score Yamaguchi. The play at the plate would have been close, but the throw was up the line.

The unearned run made a hard-luck loser out of Bucs reliever Brian McIlhenny.

Mark Winkelman came on and kept the Bucs off the board in the bottom of the 10th to earn the win. Jake Valdez led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Palermo. Bryan Santy grounded out to third, sending Valdez to third. Matthew Harjung then hit a soft liner that shortstop Mike Miller snared for the victory.

It was a victory that the Oilers almost gave up in the eighth and ninth innings. Peninsula entered the bottom of the eighth inning with a 4-1 lead, but a two-base error by right fielder Rust allowed the Bucs to score two unearned runs off of reliever Reese McGraw.

Tyler Blum then took the hill in the bottom of the ninth and gave up the lead - and almost gave up the game. Blum hit Logan Davis to start the frame. Davis moved to second on a ground-out, then took third on a passed ball. Landon Anderson then singled to tie the game.

Anderson then stole second and third with Collins at the plate, putting the winning run just 90 feet away with one out. Collins grounded to short, and Miller preserved the game by gunning down Anderson at the plate.

After Collins stole second, Blum got Davis Morgan to ground out to send the game to extra innings.

Through seven innings, it looked like early offense would be enough to carry the Oilers. Peninsula opened the game with a single by Miller, a double by Chris Mallory and a two-RBI triple by Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom then scored on a wild pitch by starter Braden Shipley, who came in 1-2 with a 1.96 ERA.

Oilers starter John Maciel, who entered 1-0 with a 0.66 ERA, gave up an unearned run on four hits in 6 1-3 innings of work. J.D. Salles got the Oilers out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh.

It was the second straight game the Oilers had to go to extra innings to record the victory.

Oilers 5, Bucs 4, 10 inn.
Oilers AB R H BI Bucs AB R H BI
Millr ss 4 1 1 0 Cook lf 5 0 1 0
Mllry 2b 5 1 1 0 Andrsn cf 5 1 2 1
Wisdm 3b 3 1 1 2 Collns rf 5 0 0 0
Chnng dh 4 0 1 0 Mrgn 1b 4 1 0 0
Krksy cf 5 0 1 0 Valdz 2b 4 1 3 1
Ymgchi 1b 4 1 1 0 Plrmo 3b 3 0 0 1
Rust rf 5 1 2 1 Santy c 5 0 1 0
MChsny c 3 0 1 0 Hrjng dh 5 0 0 0
Acsta lf 3 0 0 0 Davis ss 1 1 1 0
Ring ph 1 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --
Totals 37 5 9 3 Totals 37 4 8 3
Peninsula 300 100 000 1 -5
Anchorage 100 000 021 0 -4
E - Miller, Mallory, Rust, Collins. 2B - Mallory, Rust, Santy. 3B - Wisdom. SB - Kirksey 2, Davis, Anderson 2, Collins. SF - Palermo. S - Davis.

Maciel 6 1-3 4 1 0 3 0
Salles 2-3 1 0 0 0 0
McGraw 1 1 2 0 1 1
Blum 1 1 1 1 0 0
Winkelman, W 1 1 0 0 0 0
Shipley 6 6 4 4 3 6
McIlhenny, L 4 3 1 0 1 5

WP - Shipley 2. HP - by Blum (Davis), by Shipley (Miller), by McIlhenny (McChesney). PB - McChesney.
T - 2:45.


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