The Peninsula Oilers extended their winning streak to seven games with a dominant 12-2 win over the Anchorage Bucs in Alaska Baseball League action Thursday night at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
With the win, the Oilers move to 21-9 overall and 14-6 in the ABL. They hold a three and one-half game lead over the Bucs (11-10) and Mat-Su Miners (12-11) for the league's top spot.
The Oilers and Bucs play again at 1 p.m. Friday at Mulcahy. John Maciel will start for the Oilers, who will look to extend their win steak to a season-long eight games.
Peninsula starter and winner Jordan Mills improved to 3-0 in league play, allowing two runs over five innings on four hits. He walked two, hit a pair of batters and struck out four.
Entering the game, Mills hadn't allowed an earned run this season in the ABL. He has now allowed two earned runs in 22 innings.
Mills allowed a run in the bottom of the second inning, but his teammates wasted no time picking him up.
The Oilers scored four runs with two outs in the top of the third to grab a 4-1 lead.
Tanner Rust banged a double off the wall in right field to score Mike Miller and Nate Ring. Manny Acosta then hit a two-run single to left, scoring Troy Channing and Rust.
The Bucs answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but that was all they would get against Mills and relievers James Mannara, Cameron McVey and Tyler Blum.
Patrick Wisdom hit his third home run in league play to give the Oilers a 5-2 lead in the fifth and boosted his ABL-leading RBI total to 17 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Peninsula broke the game open by scoring five runs in the fifth, capped by a three-run double from Nate Ring, who was 4 for 4 with four runs, three RBIs, a double, triple and two singles.
That was enough to chase Anchorage starter Kyle Finnegan, who lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out three.
Finnegan dominated the Oilers last time he faced them, tossing six shutout innings in a 1-0 Bucs win. It was a different story Thursday.
Miller reached base five times, going 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, while Chris Mallory reached three times in going 2 of 5.
Every Peninsula starter got on base at least once. The team pounded out 14 hits.
The bats have come to life the past few games for the Oilers, who managed just six runs in four games in a series against the Bucs last week. Peninsula has scored at least five runs each of the past four contests, averaging 8.75 per game.