Oilers lose 4-1 to sad Miners

Mat-Su GM dies shortly before game

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

The Peninsula Oilers couldn't figure out Mat-Su pitcher Ron Flores, dropping their second straight, 4-1, to the Miners Thursday in Palmer.

Flores no-hit the Oilers through five innings, facing just one batter over the minimum over that stretch.

Brad Carlson was the first Oiler to get a hit off the lefty from the University of Southern California, but was erased when the next batter, Luke Simmons, hit into a double play.

Flores went six innings for the Miners, allowing just one hit while striking out five and walking two. He faced just 18 batters to earn the win.

While the Oilers did get the good news that Danny Garcia would be joining the team late Thursday night, the flags at Hermon Brothers Field flew at half-staff as it was announced that Miners general manager Stan Zaborac died of a heart attack shortly before the game.

While Oilers starter Brian Tarajack pitched well, he was hurt by some miscues in the field behind him.

Mat-Su scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on a single, a double, and RBI sacrifice fly and an RBI double.

The Miners extended their lead in the sixth inning with a two-run homer by Casey Grzecka.

Tarajack made way for Frank Esposito following the sixth inning having allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.

The Oilers rallied for a run in the top of the seventh. Michael Falco reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on an infielder grounder by Tim McCabe and scored on an error.

The Oilers couldn't get any more, though, as Miners reliever Paul Abraham retired the Peninsula side in order in the eighth and Jason Walker came on to earn the save, giving up just one hit, a single, to Tim McCabe.

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