1st-place Oilers blank Miners

Jordan Mills struck out eight batters and allowed three hits over eight shutouts innings, leading the Peninsula Oilers to a 5-0 win over the Mat-Su Miners in Alaska Baseball League action Tuesday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

The Oilers move to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the ABL, having won 12 of their past 13 games. They hold first place in the league.

The Miners are in second at 7-3, while the Anchorage Bucs were in third at 3-3 entering Tuesday. The Bucs played the last-place Anchorage Glacier Pilots (1-9), but results were unavailable when the Clarion went to press. The fourth-place Athletes in Action Fire boasted a record of 5-7 entering a late Tuesday contest against the Alaska Goldpanners.

Peninsula and Mat-Su square off at 7 p.m. today at Hermon Brothers.
Mills, who threw 98 pitches in improving to 2-1, didn’t walk a batter until the eighth inning after he walked two in the first.

The lanky left-hander entered the game with a 4.76 ERA and hadn’t pitched deeper than the sixth inning. On Tuesday, he carved through Mat-Su’s lineup.

All three of the Miners’ hits were singles, and they stranded six men on base. James Mannara pitched a shutout ninth in his sixth appearance of the season.

Mills got all the support he needed when the Oilers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.

Peninsula loaded the bases with one out, and with Patrick Wisdom at the plate, Manny Reyes scored on a Stephen Bruce wild pitch.

Two pitches later, a passed ball allowed Manny Acosta to score.

Troy Channing hit his third home run of the season to give Peninsula a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, sending a blast over the wall in left field for his 14th RBI on the year.

Peninsula chased Bruce out of the game when Chris Mallory made it 5-0 with a two-run double in the seventh. The deep drive came after a Manny Acosta double and a Miller single.

Mallory finished 2 for 5 at the plate as the Oilers managed 10 hits. Channing also had two hits for the Oilers, who defeated the Bucs in 10 innings on Monday.

The Miners’ pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts, led by the six of Bruce and five of Jacob Brewer, who tossed two shutout innings in relief.

Tuesday
Oilers 5, Miners 0
Oilers    AB    R    H    BI      Miners    AB    R    H    BI
Millr ss    4    1    2    0      Frncs cf    3    0    1    0
Mllry 2b    5    0    2    2      Lum 2b    4    0    0    0
Wisdm 3b    3    0    1    0      Brnca 3b    3    0    0    0
Chnng dh    4    1    2    1      Guymn ph    1    0    0    0
Krksy cf    5    0    0    0      Knlnd 1b    3    0    0    0
Ymgchi 1b    3    0    0    0      Rosso rf    4    0    0    0
Ring ph    1    0    0    0      Coyle dh    3    0    0    0
Rust rf    5    0    2    0      Mrtin c    3    0    0    0
Reyes c    4    1    0    0      Ford ss    2    0    1    0
Acsta lf    4    2    1    0      Sutr lf    3    0    1    0
Totals    37    5    10    3      Totals    29    0    3    0
Peninsula        021        000        200          —5
Mat-Su            000        000        000    —0
E — Martin, Lum. LOB — Oilers 12, Miners 6. 2B — Acosta, Mallory. HR — Channing. SB — Francis.

    IP H R ER BB SO
Oilers
Mills, W    8    3          0         0         3        8   
Mannara        1    0    0    0    0    1   
Miners
Bruce, L    6    8    5    5    2    6
Brewer    2    2    0    0    1    5
Simon    1    0    0    0            1         3         
WP — Bruce 2, Brewer. HBP — by Bruce (Wisdom), by Brewer (Ring). PB — Martin 2.
T — 2:20.

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