Oilers drop slugfest to Miners

The Peninsula Oilers opened a road trip with an 11-9 loss to the Mat-Su Miners on Monday.

 

The Oilers now travel to Fairbanks, where they play the Goldpanners five times in four days, starting with a 7 p.m. game today. Peninsula is 7-8 in the Alaska Baseball League, 2 1-2 games behind the Anchorage Bucs in the American League.


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Monday’s contest featured plenty of offense on both sides, with both squads finishing with 12 hits. The Oilers used five pitchers, while Mat-Su used six.

For the Oilers, Josh Rose had a pair of home runs, finishing 2 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs. Mylz Jones was 3 for 4, while Alex Rubanowitz was 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs, and Nick Thurman was 2 for 5.

But despite all the offense, the game may have been decided by defense. In the second, Miners center fielder Cameron Frost made a highlight catch on AJ Hernandez, robbing him of a likely two-run, inside-the-park homer.

The Oilers also lost a couple of runs in the first, when a line drive turned into a dead ball when it hit the umpire.

All that came back to haunt the Oilers in the eighth inning, when Mat-Su broke an 8-8 tie with three runs. Naturally, Frost had the big hit in the inning, a two-RBI double to right center.

The Oilers rallied with one in the ninth, but could get no more.

The Miners jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the third inning, getting to Tyler Gibson for seven runs and eight hits in two innings. The Oilers’ lone run in the first three innings was a home run by Rose.

Peninsula started the comeback with four runs in the fifth inning. Drake Zarate started the fifth inning with a walk, then Rose followed with a two-run home run. Ethan McGill then had a clutch two-out single to score Jake Sandlin and Rubanowitz.

The Oilers then grabbed an 8-7 lead with three more runs in the top of the sixth.

With one away, Rose was hit by a pitch, Nick Rogowski walked and Jordan Sanford singled to load the bases.

Rubanowitz singled to score Rogowski and Rose. Sanford was out at home when Jones failed to make contact on a suicide squeeze, but Jones made up for it with a single to score Rubanowitz.

 

Monday

Miners 11, Oilers 9

Oilers AB R H BI Miners AB R H BI

Sdln cf 2 1 1 0 Pnne ss 5 1 1 0

Rgski cf 0 1 0 0 Nwl rf 3 1 1 0

Snfd lf 5 0 1 0 Lchr dh 4 3 2 1

Rbwz 3b 3 3 2 2 Myr c 4 1 1 1

Jns ss 4 0 3 1 Frst cf 3 2 1 2

McGl 1b 5 0 1 2 Dckr 1b 3 1 1 1

Trmn dh 5 0 2 1 Blsr 2b 4 1 3 1

Hrdz 2b 5 0 0 0 Cnly 3b 2 1 1 1

Zrte c 3 1 0 0 Wrlh lf 5 0 1 2

Rose rf 3 3 2 3 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 35 9 12 9 Totals 33 11 12 9

Oilers 001 043 001 —9

Miners 124 001 03X —11

2B — Sandlin, Rubanowitz, Panaccione, Frost, Wunderlich. HR — Rose 2, Locher. SF — Connelly. SH — Connelly. CS — Jones, Wunderlich. E — Zarate, Panaccione. LOB — Oilers 7, Miners 10. DP — Miners 2.

 

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Gibson 2 8 7 6 3 1

Richey 3 2-3 2 1 1 2 2

Rieser 1 1-3 1 0 0 1 2

Sheridan, L 1-3 1 3 3 2 1

Flemming 2-3 0 0 0 2 0

Miners

Romo 3 3 1 1 1 1

Decker 1 1-3 1 3 3 3 1

Rodriguez 2-3 2 1 1 0 1

Reid 2-3 2 3 3 1 0

Oglesby, W 2 1-3 1 0 0 1 2

Arobio, S 1 3 1 1 0 0

WP — Richey, Rodriguez. PB — Meyer 2. T — 3:12.

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