Oilers stumble against Glacier Pilots

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The Peninsula Oilers lost their third straight game, falling 11-7 to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Tuesday in Anchorage.

The loss drops the Oilers to 5-5 in the Alaska Baseball League.

As the Oilers did in their 9-3 loss to the Mat-Su Miners on Sunday, Peninsula dug itself a big hole against the Glacier Pilots early and then ran out of time in trying to climb out.

Oilers starter and loser Nelson Lopez pitched the first five innings and gave up six earned runs on seven hits and three walks. When he left the game, the Oilers were trailing 6-0.

Initially, things didn't get much better when Peninsula reliever Doug Silva entered the game. Silva walked four batters in the bottom of the sixth and gave up five runs to drop the Oilers into an 11-1 hole.

Peninsula made its first steps toward a comeback in the top of the seventh, getting four runs to cut the gap to 11-5, but also leaving the bases loaded.

The Oilers pushed across two more runs in the top of the ninth inning, then brought the tying run to the plate when Creighton Kahoalii came up with two outs and the bases loaded.

However, relief pitcher Danny Hodges got Kahoalii on a ground out to end the game.

The Oilers now take a day off to travel up to Fairbanks, where they will take on Athletes in Action in a three-game set, then the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in a four-game series.

Wednesday's game against Athletes in Action starts at 7 p.m. and can be heard on 1140 KSLD.

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