The Peninsula Oilers lost on a walkoff home run for the second time in three nights.
Kevin Cornelius led off the 13th inning with a home run against Louis Cohen to give the Anchorage Glacier Pilots a 1-0 victory in Alaska Baseball League play at Mulcahy Park in Anchorage on Monday.
Cohen also gave up a walkoff home run Saturday in a 6-5 loss to the Chugiak Chinooks.
That wasn’t the only event that gave the game a familiar ring. The last and only other time the Pilots and the Oilers hooked up this year was June 20, when the Pilots won 4-3 in 21 innings in the longest league game in history.
The Oilers failed to score in the final 12 innings of that game, meaning that Peninsula is now scoreless in its last 25 innings against the Pilots.
The Oilers are still in the thick of the league race after ending the road trip with a 3-4 record. The Bucs lead at 8-5, while there is a three-way tie for second between the Oilers (10-8), Chinooks (9-7) and Pilots (8-6).
The game matched two of the better starters in the ABL, and neither disappointed.
Pilots starter Kyle Freeland had not given up a run in ABL play going into the day, and he kept that streak going.
Freeman pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up just three hits while walking three and striking out six.
Jordan Mills matched Freeman for the Oilers. He pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up just two hits. He walked one and struck out five.
The bullpens kept putting goose eggs on the board. For the Pilots, Jesse DeLong pitched a scoreless inning, Travis Pitcher pitched three scoreless innings and Trevor Bayless pitched two scoreless innings. Bayless earned the win.
For the Oilers, Nigel Nootbaar pitched three scoreless innings and Cohen pitched two scoreless innings before yielding the home run.
The Oilers, who had reached double digits in hits in three straight games coming in, struck out 14 times and had six hits. The Pilots struck out 12 times and had five hits.
The Oilers had an early chance to score in the top of the first inning, but Alex Staehely was thrown out at the plate to end the threat.
In the sixth inning, the Pilots had a chance to break the scoreless tie when they put runners on second and third with two outs, but Josh Miller made a nice play at second base to retire Axel Johnson at first.
The Oilers came right back to try and rally in the top of the seventh inning. Trey Richardson led off with a walk, then Riley Heinzer drove the ball to the outfield and advanced Richardson to third, but Heinzer was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double.
Jeff Yamaguchi grounded to second for the second out, and Richardson had to stay at third. Jimmie Koch struck out to end that threat.
The Oilers kept threatening as the game went to extra innings. In both the top of the 10th and 12th innings, Nate Ring came to the plate with two outs and runners on second and third. Ring struck out in the 10th inning and flied out in the 12th.
After taking today off, the Oilers return to Coral Seymour Memorial Park for the first of three remaining homestands on the season. Peninsula plays the Chinooks at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Pilots 1, Oilers 0, 13 inn.
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LOB — Oilers 9, Pilots 7. HR — Cornelius. SH — Alvarez, Cornelius. SB — Kremer, Green. CS — Hein.
WP — Mills. HB — Mills 2, Freeland, Bayless.