Oilers douse AIA Fire

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2004

The Peninsula Oilers played an all-around solid game Tuesday to defeat the Athletes in Action Fire 5-2 in Alaska Baseball League play at Growden Memorial Field in Fairbanks.

The Oilers got good pitching from starter Steve Morlock and reliever Tim Robertson, pounded out eight hits on offense and, most notably, put together an error-free night in the field after committing eight errors to lose 9-1 late to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks Monday in the annual Midnight Sun Game.

In Tuesday's game, Morlock went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Morlock struck out eight and walked just one batter.

Robertson threw two innings of scoreless relief for the save, giving up one hit, striking out two and walking two.

Nick Kliebert led the Oilers offense with a 3-for-3 night and a run batted in. Chris Minaker was 2-for-3 for the Oilers.

The Oilers trailed 2-0 after four innings but plated three runs in the top of the fifth after Rocky Laguna led off with a bunt single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Rooney.

Matt Eichel hit triple to score Laguna, Robert Perry singled to score Eichel, and Kliebert also drove in a run.

The Oilers added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth when the AIA shortstop misplayed a hard-hit ball by Rooney.

AIA threatened in the bottom of the ninth but Robertson got a pair of strikeouts to end the game.

The win improves the Oilers to 2-0 in league play and 8-4 overall.

Peninsula will wrap up its series with AIA today at 7 p.m. in Fairbanks.

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