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Miners get past Oilers

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010

PALMER -- It's a good thing the Mat-Su Miners had a couple of days off.

After using seven pitchers during an extra-innings win over the Anchorage Bucs on Monday, the Miners needed seven pitchers once again to grab a 6-5 win over the Peninsula Oilers at Hermon Brothers Field on Thursday.

It was also the second consecutive game in which the Miners scored the game-winning run when a Mat-Su batter was hit by a pitch. Peninsula reliever Jorge Marban nicked Mat-Su's Matt Wessinger with a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Andy Mee scored on the play to help the Miners improve to 9-2 and win a battle of the top two teams in the Alaska Baseball League.

Nick DeBiasse was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as the Miners pushed across the go-ahead run during the top of the 11th inning of a 5-3 win over the Bucs Monday.

The count was loaded when Marban hit Wessinger with the pitch. Mee led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, and advanced to second on a Pablo Bermudez single later in the inning. Quinn Pippen drew a walk to load the

bases with two outs.

Mat-Su scored the victory and moved a half-game ahead of the Oilers in the ABL standings despite allowing a ridiculous 23 base runners. The Oilers put 23 on base despite collecting only six hits in the game. No Oiler had more than one hit, but Mat-Su's pitching staff issued 13 walks. One Peninsula hitter reached on an error and another was hit by a pitch. Three more reached via the fielder's choice.

The Oilers' leadoff man also reached in the first nine innings of the game.

The Miners took the early lead in the second when Wesley Thigpen walked and scored on an Oilers' error. Wessinger laid down the sacrifice bunt to push Bermudez across the plate and give the Miners the 2-0 advantage.

The Oilers quickly grabbed the lead in the top of the third when Garrett Wittels drove in two runs on a single hit sharply down the right field line. Kyle Leon was hit by a pitch early in the inning and scored on a Mat-Su error

to put the Oilers on the scoreboard, and Wittels gave the Kenai club the 3-2 advantage with his RBI single.

Mat-Su took back the lead in the bottom of the inning with run-scoring hits by NeBiasse and Bermudez.

Bermudez, a teammate of Wittels at FIU, smacked a shot into right center field to score Thigpen and five the Miners the 5-3 lead.

The Oilers took advantage of two of their 13 walks in the eighth and tied the score at 5. Jeff Popick drew a walk to lead off the inning and scored on a Justin Charles ground-out. Ryan Gebhart walked and later scored when Stephen Piscotty walked with the bases loaded.

The Miners used seven pitchers in the game, but the Oilers were also forced to use five pitchers. Neither starter made it out of the third inning.

Oilers notes: Pitcher Kyle Barraclough has left the Oilers due to a tired arm, said Shawn Maltby, general manager. Maltby said the Oilers are looking to replace Barraclough but haven't signed anyone as of Thursday.

Thursday's game

Miners 6, Oilers 5

Oilers AB R H BI Miners AB R H BI

Schwrtz ss 5 0 2 0 Chrles 2b 4 1 1 1

Ozanne lf 5 1 1 0 Wittels 3b 3 0 1 2

Mee dh 5 1 1 0 Grimes ss 2 0 0 0

DeBsse 1b 4 1 2 1 Millr ss 2 0 1 0

Thgpen c 3 2 0 0 Pisctty lf 3 0 1 1

Brmdz cf 5 1 3 2 Wisdom dh 4 0 0 0

Pippin 3b 3 0 0 0 Thnissn 1b 3 0 0 0

Wessngr 2b 3 0 0 2 Kohan ph 2 0 0 0

Arthr rf 3 0 0 0 Popick rf 1 0 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Grrisn pr 0 1 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Page c 2 1 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Leon c 2 1 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Gbhrt ph 0 1 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Wise cf 3 1 0 0

Totals 36 6 9 5 Totals 30 5 6 4

Peninsula 003 000 020 --5

Mat-Su 022 010 001 --6

E -- Mee, Pippin, Jewasko, Wittels, Siemens, Wise. DP -- Miners 1. LOB -- Miners 12, Oilers 13. 2B -- DeBiasse 2, Ozanne, Bermudez. SB -- DeBiasse, Wittels 2, Piscotty, Miller. CS -- Piscotty, Popick. SB -- Wessinger, Wise.

IP H R ER BBSO

Miners

Jewasko 2 2-3 2 3 0 2 2

Hinojasa 1 1 0 0 2 3

Trivett 1 1-3 2 0 0 2 1

Davenport 2 1 0 0 1 2

Smith 1-3 0 2 2 2 0

Allen 2-3 0 0 0 3 1

Mee, W 1 0 0 0 1 0

Oilers

Siemens 2 1-3 3 4 2 2 0

Orozco 2 2-3 3 1 1 2 4

Moore 2 2-3 1 0 0 1 1

Wolford, L 1 2 1 1 0 1

Marban 0 0 0 0 1 0

HBP -- by Jewasko (Leon), by Marban (Wessinger). WP -- Jewasko, Hinojosa.



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