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Oilers edge Bucs, move to .500 in ABL

Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2000

Randall Shelley beat out an infield grounder in the 10th inning and scored on an infield single by pinch hitter John Kaye to give the Oilers a 3-2 win over the Anchorage Bucs Saturday at Mulcahy Field in Anchorage.

Saturday's win followed the Oilers' 5-1 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Friday, also at Mulcahy Stadium. The Oilers are now 2-2 in Alaska Baseball League action.

In Saturday's game, Shelley beat out the throw to first from the Bucs shortstop and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Luke Simmons in the top of the 10th. Shelley scored from second when Kaye slapped a hit down the right field line that bounced over Bucs first baseman Kris Zacuto.

Oilers reliever David Humen gave up a two-out single in the bottom of the 10th but got the next Bucs hitter to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.

Humen got the win for his two-inning, one-hit effort, striking out three batters along the way.

Humen was picking up the ball for Oilers starter Chris Mabeus, who left after the eighth inning with the score tied at two. Mabeus gave up two runs, one of them earned, on five hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Two throwing errors by Mabeus in the first two innings did not hurt the Oilers, but the Bucs scored the first run of the game when Mabeus beaned Bucs designated hitter Nick Blankenship.

Blankenship advanced on a sacrifice bunt and an infield ground ball and scored on a single by Christopher O'Riordan.

The Bucs scored in the bottom of the sixth when outfielder Jay Garthwaite singled to lead off the inning. Garthwaite scored from first when the Oilers outfield muffed a deep fly ball from Matt Abram.

Peninsula manufactured a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to tie the ballgame. Danny Garcia was hit by a pitch and Jeremy Reed drew a walk to start off the inning.

Both players advanced on a double-steal, and Garcia scored when the Bucs second baseman couldn't handle Shelley's hard ground ball. Reed followed him home on a passed ball.

The Oilers made the most of their opportunities as they did not strand a runner all night and had just three hits and four walks.

Walks killed the Glacier Pilots in Friday's Peninsula victory.

Anchorage pitchers walked eight Oilers batters, and four of them scored.

The Oilers managed five hits, one of which was Joe Hietpas' home run to left in the sixth inning.

Jeff Jones added a double for the Oilers while Andy Perkins picked up the win with a seven-inning performance. Perkins struck out nine and walked two, allowing one earned run.



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