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Seals top Oilers in extra innings

Posted: June 11, 2013 - 11:10pm  |  Updated: June 12, 2013 - 12:02am

Tuesday’s nonleague contest against the San Francisco Seals had the Peninsula Oilers feeling good when the game began in the early evening, as beautiful rays of sunshine streaked across Coral Seymour Memorial park under cloudless skies. However, the game itself turned out much differently, as the Seals turned in a clutch performance to beat the Oilers 2-0 in 10 innings.

The Oilers gave up not a single hit after nine innings, but San Francisco’s Kyle Schneider blasted a home run in the top of the 10th to also bring home Mitch Coughlin from second base, the first runs of the game.

“It was a game where you could see the time off with the bats,” said Peninsula coach Kyle Richardson. “We had our opportunities to score runs, we had guys in scoring position all day. That’ll turn itself around. I’m not worried about that, and we’re short-staffed on the hill, especially playing six games in six days, you can’t leave guys out there longer than you want to.”

On Sunday, the Oilers’ bats were singing early en route to an 8-0 win over the Anchorage Adult Baseball League All-Stars, but Tuesday’s matchup proved to be a pitching duel. The Oilers face four consecutive days against the Seals, and Richardson knew better than to leave a pitcher out there for more than three innings.

“Under normal circumstances, there’s certain guys we would leave out there,” he said. “If there’s a guy with no hits after three innings, I’m not going to take him out.”

Michael Coates (three strikeouts) and Brandon Warner (two strikeouts) each pitched three innings, A.J. Quintero pitched two, Colby Blueberg pitched one and bullpen catcher Spencer Mochal was put on the mound in the extra inning. Through nine innings, the Oilers accrued five hits but twice left the bases loaded — in the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings.

Taylor Tempel and Dillon Dobson each recorded a double in the third and fourth innings, respectively, and in the bottom of the sixth inning, with the bases loaded, Turner Clouse lined out to first base to end the inning. In the bottom of the eighth, it was AJ Ramirez that hit right to the third basemen with the diamond stacked, which ended the inning.

Richardson said the decision to put Mochal on the mound in the final inning was to keep his current starters healthy and loose.

“We were just out of arms,” Richardson said. “We have a couple guys that are position players that can throw, but we’ll save them for a different game. We didn’t want to let guys go too much, I wanted Blueberg to go only one (inning), and Quintero threw Sunday and I didn’t want him to throw three today.

“It was a good experience for Spencer too, I’m sure he dominated in high school, so it’s a good experience for him to get shaken up a little.”

After Schneider hit his homer, the Oilers couldn’t find the runs, as Adam Sonabend and Dobson both flied out, and Kyle Hunt ended the game on a first base line drive.

The Oilers will again face the Seals today at 7 p.m.

“It’s a time when you’re a coach that you can sit here and think who is clutch and who on our team can get that big hit, but you don’t want to put too much stock into it, because these guys haven’t seen live pitching in three weeks to a month,” Richardson said. “It’s good to shake the rust off.”

Tuesday

Seals 2, Oilers 0, 10 inn.

Seals AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Johnsn cf 4 0 0 0 Mrcio lf 5 0 0 0

Brme 2b 4 0 0 0 Wlnd dh 2 0 1 0

Cghln lf 3 1 1 0 Snbnd c 4 0 1 0

Mayo dh 4 0 0 0 Dbsn 1b 4 0 1 0

Strwn 1b 4 0 0 0 Grr ss 2 0 0 0

Shndr 3b 4 1 1 2 Hunt ss 1 0 0 0

Ortle c 4 0 0 0 Clse rf 3 0 0 0

Alcntr rf 3 0 0 0 Rmrz 2b 4 0 0 0

Rjko rf 0 0 0 0 Hlmes 3b 4 0 1 0

Wlfrd ss 3 0 0 0 Tmpl cf 4 0 1 0

Totals 33 2 2 2 Oilers 33 0 5 0

Seals 000 000 000 1 —1

Oilers 000 000 000 0 —0

LOB — Seals 2, Oilers 11. DP — Seals 2. 2B — Dobson, Tempel. HR — Schneider. SH — Dobson. SB — Coughlin 2, Wieland.

IP H R ER BB SO

Seals

Hutchins 6 2 0 0 4 3

Webb 1 1-3 3 0 0 0 0

Zavala, W 2 2-3 0 0 0 2 0

Oilers

Coates 3 0 0 0 1 3

Warner 3 0 0 0 0 2

Quintero 2 0 0 0 0 2

Blueberg 1 0 0 0 0 1

Mochal, L 1 2 2 2 0 1

WP — Webb. HP — by Hutchins (Sonabend).

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