The Peninsula Oilers did what it too to win Saturday, getting solid pitching and timely hitting to beat the visiting Stockton, Calif., Senators 3-0 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
The series finale is today at 2 p.m. Jordan Meaker, a right-handed pitcher from Dallas Baptist University, is slated to start for the Oilers.
“That was about as good a game as you could ask for from these guys,” said Oilers head coach Thad Johnson.
“We’re doing good, throwing strikes and forcing (the hitters to make) contact. The defense we have out there is making plays.”
Oilers starter Andre Lamontagne went six innings, allowing two hits while striking out seven and walking just one. Kevin Matsumoto pitched two hitless innings of relief, striking out one and walking one. Chris Saddoris finished off the ninth inning for the save, allowing two hits before striking out three straight batters to end the game.
“We’ve still only got four or five position guys in the lineup. We’re still getting into it, getting a little more comfortable with the wood bat. Right now, our pitching staff is doing an awesome job of keeping us in games,” said the Oilers’ David Newby.
The Oilers got on the board in the first inning with a pair of extra-base hits. Chance Gerloff started the rally with a one-out double down the right field line, and Andy Preston hit a smash up the middle that got past the dive of the center fielder and made it to the wall for a run-scoring triple.
Lamontagne breezed through the first two innings but ran into a jam in the top of the second. A walk and a throwing error by Lamontagne on a sacrifice bunt put runners on first and second, and a sacrifice bunt by Riley Gavello moved the runners to second and third with one out.
Lamontagne was able to buckle down and strike out the next batter, and Gerloff timed his leap perfectly to snare a soft liner to short to end the threat.
The Oilers chased Stockton starter Steve Rinaudo in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chris Nelson, recently added to the Oilers roster and playing in his first game with the team, doubled to left-center to lead off the inning. Rinaudo then hit Gerloff with a pitch, and David Newby, after failing to put down a bunt, slapped a two-ball, two-strike pitch down the right field line for a double, driving in Nelson.
“That was bad bunting on my part. I should’ve got the guys over, but the coach gave me the OK (to swing). I was looking away he had thrown that curve ball a few times in an at-bat earlier, and that’s the one I picked to hit,” Newby said.
Rinaudo issued a walk to Preston and was lifted in favor of Jeff McKinley, who got a strikeout before Chris Saddoris drove in one more run with a sacrifice fly to right. McKinley got a fly ball to center to end the inning.
The Oilers threatened again in the seventh with runners at second and third, but couldn’t push another run across.
Johnson said it was noticeable that Nelson and Newby came ready to play, and expects the team to continue to improve as more position players make it to town.
“It’s slowly starting to come together,” Johnson said.
OILERS 3, SENATORS 0
Senators ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi
Gavello cf 3 0 0 0 Nelson cf 3 1 1 0
Rndhawa 2b 4 0 1 0 Gerloff ss 3 2 1 0
Giacomini c 4 0 0 0 Newby lf 4 0 1 1
Texeria 1b 4 0 1 0 Preston 1b 3 0 1 1
Farmer dh 4 0 1 0 Masuda c 4 0 0 0
Bassi lf 4 0 1 0 Saddoris dh 2 0 0 1
Fugazi rf 4 0 0 0 Boyle 2b 1 0 0 0
Villareal 3b 1 0 0 0 Johnson 3b 3 0 0 0
Thomson ss 3 0 0 0 Hickman rf2 0 0 0
Totals 31 0 4 0 Totals 25 3 4 3
Stockton 000 000 000 0
Peninsula 100 002 00x 3
E Lamontagne, Thomson 2. DP Senators 1. LOB Senators 9, Oilers 6. SB Thomson, Bassi. CS Boyle. 2B Gerloff, Texeria, Nelson, Newby. 3B Preston. S Thomson, Gavello. SF Saddoris.
ip h r er bb so
Rinaudo, L 5 4 2 2 4 4
McKinley 3 0 0 0 2 3
Lamontagne, W (1-0) 6 2 0 0 1 7
Matsumoto 2 0 0 0 1 1
Saddoris, S 1 2 0 0 0 3
Rinaudo pitched to four batters in the sixth.
HBP by Lamontagne (Villareal), by Rinaudo (Gerloff), by Rinaudo (Gerloff).
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