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Oilers nip Panners...again

Posted: July 18, 2013 - 10:18pm  |  Updated: July 18, 2013 - 10:32pm
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Peninsula Oilers' Tim Proudfoot throws the ball infield during a game against Fairbanks Alaska Goldpanners Thursday July 18, 2013 in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Peninsula Oilers' Tim Proudfoot throws the ball infield during a game against Fairbanks Alaska Goldpanners Thursday July 18, 2013 in Kenai, Alaska.

Three nights, three games won by a walk-off hit for the Peninsula Oilers.

On Thursday night, it was AJ Ramirez cracking a single to left field that gave the Oilers a 6-5 win after 14 innings — and the 3-1 series win — over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The game was the 11th extra-innings game for the Oilers this season, including exhibition matches.

In a game of inches, the Oilers beat the Panners 3-2 in 11 innings on Tuesday, then came back to beat the Panners 2-1 in nine innings (in a seven-inning game) on Wednesday, and capped it with Thursday’s four-hour marathon.

Ramirez was the star of the show on Thursday, hitting 4 for 6 with three RBIs, including a home run to left field in the 12th inning (tying the game) and an RBI-double in the seventh.

“I was just trying to find the ball to elevate it, and it can be contact, just hitting it in front and just letting the ball carry itself,” Ramirez said about finding the best hit. “(The home run) was a 1-2 slider, and he threw me three sliders before, and I was just thinking if he comes up with that again to be ready for it, and everything worked out.

“(The game-winner) was another slider. I was expecting that, being down 0-1 with the bases loaded.”

The loss leaves Fairbanks (17-11) even further behind in the Alaska Baseball League standings, which it was leading before the four-game series began. The Goldpanners are now a full game behind the Mat-Su Miners (19-11), and only a half game ahead of the third-place Anchorage Bucs. The Oilers (16-13) are now 2 1-2 games behind the Miners.

“That’s just two teams battling, that’s all it is,” said Oilers coach Kyle Richardson. “You have to give credit to both sides, for losing it both times. It was a series that was so up and down.”

The game was tied on five different occasions, as the two teams struggled to find a significant amount of momentum.

Ramirez broke a 3-3 tie with a double to left field that brought David Olmeda-Barrera home for a run, but Fairbanks star runner David Fletcher hit an infield single with the bases loaded that allowed Nick Catalano to score, knotting the game up again at 4-4.

In the 12th inning, Payden Cawley-Lamb scored from second base on an error, as third baseman Dillon Dobson missed the throw from catcher Adam Sonabend, but just when it seemed Fairbanks had the win, Ramirez stepped up to plate with two outs and hit the homer to tie it up again.

“I mean, we took a lead but gave it up, and then we tied it, and then won it, and had another lead and gave it up, and then it went down and up again,” Richardson said. “I mean, it’s the greatest compliment I can have as a coach, is that these guys play hard. It makes me feel good about what I’m doing if these guys can battle back like that.”

Cody Reppening received the win for the Oilers, pitching the final two innings with no hits, runs or strikeouts. The Oilers used eight different pitchers.

 

Thursday

Oilers 6, Panners 5, 14 inn.

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Fthr ss 7 0 3 2 Pdft ss 6 1 2 0

Cy-Lb lf 6 1 1 0 Avrz 2b 6 1 0 0

Ewds 2b 6 1 1 0 Hlms 1b 5 1 1 0

Snto c 0 0 0 0 Dbsn 3b 6 1 2 0

Rbwz 1b 6 1 1 1 Wlnd dh 4 0 2 0

Ctlo cf 6 1 2 1 Mrio pr 0 0 0 0

Mdws dh 3 0 0 0 Hnt ph 1 0 0 0

Mnz dh 2 0 1 0 Snbd c 5 0 1 1

Abth 3b 4 0 1 0 Oo-Br lf 3 1 0 0

Hrtn 1b 4 1 0 0 Rmrz rf 6 1 4 3

Rgnr rf 5 0 0 0 Tmpl cf 5 0 0 0

Totals 49 5 10 4 Totals 47 6 12 4

Panners 001 101 001 000 00 —5

Oilers 100 101 100 000 00 —6

2B — Edwards, Abrath, Dobson, Ramirez. 3B — Fletcher. HR — Rubanowitz, Ramirez. SH — Munoz, Holmes, Sonabend. SB — Cawley-Lamb, Edwards, Proudfoot, Holmes, Ramirez. CS — Fletcher, Cawley-Lamb, Catalano, Dobson 2. E — Fletcher, Edwards, Herrington, Proudfoot, Silva. LOB — Panners 9, Oilers 7. DP — Panners 2.

 

IP H R ER BB SO

Panners

Dingilian 3 2-3 4 2 2 0 1

Moffett 3 4 2 1 0 2

Buehler 2-3 0 0 0 0 0

Sprague 4 2-3 2 1 1 1 1

Capistran, L 1 1-3 2 1 1 1 1

 

Oilers

Quintero 4 2 2 2 1 4

Coates 1 1 0 0 0 1

Clouse 1 2 1 1 0 1

Greer 1 0 0 0 1 2

Silva 2 4 1 0 2 2

Moore 1 0 0 0 0 0

Blueberg 2 1 1 0 1 3

Repenning, W 2 0 0 0 0 0

 

WP — Greer, Blueberg.

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