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Peninsula Oilers, Fairbanks Goldpanners split doubleheader

Oilers end 3-game skid with victory in 1st game

Posted: July 3, 2011 - 7:15pm  |  Updated: July 3, 2011 - 9:46pm

One unique feature of a doubleheader is that the momentum generated by a victory can last just hours instead of a day.
Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, the Peninsula Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak by topping the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 4-3 in exhibition action. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Panners, who are not playing in the Alaska Baseball League this season.
Yet hours later, the Panners came back with a 4-3 victory to improve to 19-3 overall this season and leave the Oilers (13-7 overall) with a sour taste in their mouths after the two seven-inning games.
Somewhat sweetening that taste was news from around the league. The Athletes in Action Fire defeated the Mat-Su Miners, so the first-place Miners (10-5) lead the Oilers (7-4) by just one game. The Anchorage Bucs are at 6-5, the Fire stand at 6-7 and the Anchorage Glacier Pilots are at 4-12.
Peninsula had a 3-1 lead over the Goldpanners in the second game, but yielded two unearned runs in the fifth and a run scored due to four walks in the seventh.
"We gave them pretty much everything they had," said Oilers head coach Dennis Machado of the Panners, who got their four runs on four hits. "That's a tough thing to swallow - to give it away.
"It's different than if they are barreling up balls everywhere. I can live with that. We can't have guys come in and walk guys. That's unacceptable. It will not happen."
The Panners struck first in the second game in the top of the first inning, when Chris Pfau walked on starter J.D. Salles and eventually scored on a double-play ball.
The Oilers jumped on Panners starter and winner Grady Wood in the bottom of the first, with Mike Miller, Chris Mallory and Patrick Wisdom singling to load the bases with no outs. A Tanner Rust sacrifice fly scored one, then Ryan McChesney had a two-out, two-RBI double.
After the first, it would be slim pickings against both starters. Wood gave up just two hits in the second through sixth innings in keeping his slate clean, retiring 10 in a row at one point.
"We figured something out and he implemented it," said Fairbanks head coach Jim Dietz of Wood. "That's the way we play."
After giving up a single to the second batter he faced, Salles set down 12 in a row until a Wisdom error in the fifth. The Panners jumped on the mistake by scoring unearned runs on a single by Robbie Buller and a sacrfice fly by Pfau.
After pitching a perfect sixth, Oilers reliever and loser Tyler Blum walked two in the seventh and handed the ball to Machado with runners on first and third and two outs. Cameron McVey walked two straight batters to force in the winning run.
"You've got to throw strikes in this business," said Dietz, who has a house in the area and was happy to get a chance to mow his lawn before the twin bill. "If you don't, it's going to be a lot easier on the other team."
Machado, whose staff has walked 48 batters in 120 innings, agrees.
"At some point, we've got to take the bull by the horns," he said. "We have to challenge people. It's about competing."
Mike Rivera pitched a scoreless seventh to record the save in the second game for the Panners.
In the first game, the Oilers snapped their three-game skid by getting back to the solid pitching and explosive hitting that allowed them to win 12 of 13 games at one point this season.
John Maciel got the start and went four innings, giving up two runs on four hits.
"John gave us a chance," Machado said. "He went out and battled. I don't think he had his best stuff, but he figured out a way to get us going."
Brandon Kizer pitched a scoreless 1 2-3 innings, while Reese McGraw gave up a run in 1 1-3 innings to earn the save.
Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the third inning, the Oilers delivered a big inning against Panners starter and loser Arturo Reyes.
Wisdom started out the frame by smashing a home run to left field. It was his second dinger of the year. With one out, Rust doubled and McChesney singled to put runners on first and third. After Zach Kirksey struck out, Manny Acosta was hit by a pitch.
Nate Ring then notched a clutch single to left field to score two. Left fielder Matt Ivanoff slipped on the play, and Ring was credited with a single and an RBI, with the other run scoring on Ivanoff's error.
"That was a great at-bat by Nate," Machado said.
The Panners cut the gap to 4-3 in the top of the seventh on a sac fly by Chris Doyle and had a runner on first with two outs. Lonnie Kauppila was thrown out by McChesney on a stolen-base attempt to end the game.
The Oilers host the Panners again at 4 p.m. today at Seymour Park. Justin Haley will start for the Oilers.

Sunday's 1st game
Oilers 4, Panners 3
Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB H R BI
Pfau rf 4 1 2 0 Millr ss 2 1 0 0
Kppla ss 3 0 1 1 Mllry 2b 2 0 1 0
Doyle 1b 3 0 1 1 Wisdm 3b 2 1 1 1
Brdges 2b 2 0 0 0 Chnnng 1b 2 0 0 1
Ivnff lf 3 1 1 0 Rust rf 3 1 2 0
Geasn 3b 3 0 2 0 MChsny c 3 1 1 0
Acker cf 2 1 0 1 Krksy lf 3 0 0 0
Ptrsn dh 3 0 0 0 Acosta dh 1 0 0 0
Plaia c 0 0 0 0 Ring cf 2 0 1 1
Sladr pr 0 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --
Totals 23 3 7 3 Totals 20 4 6 3
Alaska 001 100 1 -3
Peninsula 100 300 X -4
E - Ivanoff. DP - Panners 1, Oilers 1. LOB - Panners 6, Oilers 4. 2B - Ivanoff, Geason, Rust. HR - Wisdom. SB - Pfau. CS - Geason, Kauppila, Ring, Mallory. SF - Kauppila, Doyle, Channing.

IP H R ER BB SO
Panners
Reyes, L 4 5 4 3 2 1
RThompson 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 1
Varriale 2-3 1 0 0 0 1
Oilers
Maciel, W 4 4 2 2 2 3
Kizer 1 2-3 2 0 0 2 1
McGraw, S 1 1-3 1 1 1 0 0

HP - by Reyes (Acosta), by RThompson (Mallory), by McGraw (Plaia).

Sunday's 2nd game
Panner 4, Oilers 3
Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI
Pfau rf 1 1 0 1 Millr ss 4 1 2 0
Kppila ss 2 0 1 1 Mllry 2b 3 1 1 0
Doyle 1b 4 0 0 0 Wisdm 3b 4 1 1 0
Brdges 2b 3 0 0 0 Chnnng 1b 3 0 0 0
Ivnoff lf 3 0 0 0 Rust rf 3 0 1 1
Geasn lf 3 1 0 0 MChsny dh 3 0 1 2
Acker cf 2 2 1 0 Andrsn lf 2 0 0 0
Buller dh 2 0 1 1 Acosta ph 0 0 0 0
Sladr pr 1 0 0 0 Reyes c 3 0 0 0
Vaughn c 2 0 1 0 Ring cf 3 0 0 0
Totals 23 4 4 3 Totals 28 3 6 3
Alaska 100 020 1 -4
Peninsula 300 000 0 -3
E - Kauppila, Geason, Wisdom, Reyes. DP - Panners 1, Oilers 1. LOB - Panners 5, Oilers 6. SF - Pfau, Rust.

IP H R ER BB SO
Panners
Wood, W 6 6 3 3 1 6
Rivera, S 1 0 0 0 1 0
OIlers
Salles 5 4 3 1 1 1
Blum, L 1 2-3 0 1 1 2 0
McVey 1-3 0 0 0 2 0

PB - Reyes.

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"We gave them pretty much everything they had. That's a tough thing to swallow - to give it away. It's different than if they are barreling up balls everywhere. I can live with that. We can't have guys come in and walk guys. That's unacceptable. It will not happen."
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