Peninsula drops to 0-6 in ABL after unearned run results in 1-0 loss

Panners topple Oilers in ninth

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

The Peninsula Oilers found out once again Thursday night that there is not much margin for error in the Alaska Baseball League.

The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks scored an unearned run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oilers 1-0 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The loss is the sixth in a row for the Oilers, and leaves them with an 0-6 record in the Alaska Baseball League. Meanwhile, the Goldpanners moved to 2-3 in the league. They also can feel a little better about a 1-0 loss they suffered to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Wednesday night.

The Goldpanners scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning off loser Mike Ekstrom (0-1). With one out, Brad Davis reached on a quirky infield single. Oilers second baseman Joe Holland waited back on the ball, not giving him enough time to record the out on the slow infield at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Ekstrom then struck out Jeff Culpepper, but James Guerrero came through with a single. The single should have advanced Davis to second, but Oilers center fielder Joe Frazee bobbled the ball, allowing Davis to reach third on the error.

Elliot Strankman then made the Oilers pay for the mistake with a clutch, game-winning single to score Davis.

The Oilers wasted a top-notch start by Randy Beam. Beam pitched the first 7 1-3 innings, giving up five hits and no runs while not issuing a walk and striking out eight.

But Goldpanners starter Kevin Welch was up to the task. He pitched seven innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four and walking two.

Will Fenton pitched a scoreless final two innings for Fairbanks. Fenton walked two and struck out two.

The Oilers will continue to look for their first Alaska Baseball League victory tonight, when they face the Goldpanners at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Oilers have a 2 p.m. doubleheader against the Panners.

It's all part of a crucial eight-game homestand for the club.

Thursday

GOLDPANNERS 1, OILERS 0

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Mathews cf 4 0 0 0 Holland 4 0 1 0

Rodrigz 2b 4 0 1 0 Uribes ss 3 0 1 0

Bruce 3b 4 0 1 0 Fritz c 3 0 0 0

Davis rf 4 1 1 0 Lex lf 4 0 0 0

Culpeppr 1b 4 0 0 0 Dahl rf 3 0 0 0

Guerrero ss 4 0 2 0 Bensko dh 2 0 1 0

Frostad dh 2 0 0 0 Postlewte pr 1 0 0 0

Strankmnn dh 2 0 1 1 Bacon 3b 4 0 0 0

Blasi lf 4 0 2 0 Mangels 1b 3 0 1 0

Best c 3 0 0 0 Frazee cf 2 0 0 0

Totals 35 1 8 1 Totals 29 0 4 0

Fairbanks 000 000 001 --1

Peninsula 000 000 000 --0

E -- Uribes, Frazee. LOB -- Fairbanks 7, Peninsula 7. 2B -- Blasi, Bensko. CS -- Best, Postlewaite. SB -- Frazee.

IP H R ER BB SO

Goldpanners

Welch 7 4 0 0 2 4

Fenton 2 0 0 0 2 2

Oilers

Beam 7 1-3 5 0 0 0 8

Ekstrom 1 2-3 3 1 0 0 4

WP -- Fenton.



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