The Peninsula Oilers got their offense on track, but their pitchers struggled in a 12-10 loss to the Chugiak Chinooks on Friday at Loretta French Field.
The Oilers fell to 7-4 in the Alaska Baseball League after losing their third straight game.
All three of those losses came on the road. The first loss was a 4-3 setback in 21 innings to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The Oilers failed to score in the final 12 innings of that game.
A weary Peninsula squad was then shut out 3-0 the next night by the Mat-Su Miners, bringing the scoreless string to 21 innings.
Friday, Peninsula broke that scoreless string in the second inning with a pair of unearned runs off of Chinooks starter Clint Marzo.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Chinooks immediately started chipping away at the lead. Steven Karkenny led off the inning with a home run on Oilers starter Nigel Nootbaar, who would eventually be tagged with the loss.
Trey Richardson answered Karkenny’s home run with one of his own in the top of the third inning for the Oilers.
However, the Chinooks were able to tie the game at 3 in the bottom of the third. Adam Humes doubled to score Drew Shields and Kristopher Kwak. One of those runs was unearned.
The Oilers came right back to take the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Heinzer led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Frank Martinez.
The Chinooks were able to chase Nootbaar and take the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Nootbaar started the inning by giving up four singles and recording a strikeout. The fourth single came from Kwak with the bases loaded, scored Stockton Taylor, and kept the bases loaded.
Michael Coates then relieved Nootbaar.
Jeffrey Turbin greeted Coates with a single that scored Tyler Shryrock and kept the bases loaded. Humes then doubled to score Shields and Kwak. Karkenny then scored Turbin on a ground ball to push the Chinooks’ lead to 8-4. Scott Kalamar struck out to end the big inning.
The Oilers came right back to cut the lead to 8-6 in the top of the fifth inning and chase Manzo.
With two outs, Alex Staehely was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Heinzer then singled to score Jeff Yamaguchi. Martinez was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and bring in reliever Ryan Sullivan.
Sullivan then hit Oscar Sanay with a pitch to score Staehely. Ring flied out to second to end the inning.
Once again, the Oilers’ pitching could not keep the Chinooks in check long enough for a comeback. In the bottom of the fifth, Shryrock singled with two outs and scored on a double by Shields to push the lead to 9-6.
Sullivan kept the Oilers off the board in the sixth and seventh innings to eventually earn the win and allow the Chinooks to expand their lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, J.D. Salles came in to pitch for Coates and was promptly greeted by a home run from Kwak. Turbin then singled and would eventually score when Karkenny grounded out for out No. 2.
Scott Kalamar kept the really going with a walk, then Taylor doubled to score Kalamar, chase Salles and move the lead to 12-6.
Oilers relievers Mark Garcia and Brandon Warner would keep the Chinooks scoreless for the rest of the game so the Oilers could attempt a comeback.
Once the Chinooks took Sullivan out of the game in the top of the eighth, the Oilers were able to muster some more runs.
With one out, Josh Miller tripled against reliever Tim Duxbury. He would eventually score on a ground-out by Richardson to cut the gap to 12-7.
In the ninth, the Oilers rallied off of reliever Kelby Deerman. With one out, Martinez doubled and Sanay singled to put runners on first and third.
Ring then tripled to cut the gap to 12-9. Jordan Hein then singled to close the gap to 12-10, but Miller followed by striking out for the second out.
David Mitroff came in for Deerman and got Yamaguchi to fly out. Mitroff earned the save.
Chugiak had 16 hits in the game, while the Oilers had 12. Shields and Turbin each had three hits for the Chinooks, while Kwak, Humes and Taylor each had two.
Miller, Heinzer, Sanay and Ring had two hits for the Oilers.
Peninsula returns to Coral Seymour Memorial Park for a 2 p.m. nonleague game today against the Everett (Wash.) Merchants.
Chinooks 12, Oilers 10
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E — Yamaguchi, Kalamar, Taylor 2. LOB — Oilers 11, Chinooks 7. 2B — Heinzer, Martinez, Shields, Humes 2, Taylor. 3B — Miller, Ring. HR — Richardson, Kwak, Karkenny. SF — Martinez. SB — Ring, Turbin.
Nootbaar, L3 1-387613
Sullivan, W2 1-310001
WP — Manzo. HB — Manzo 3, Sullivan 3.