Oilers drop first of two with Mat-Su

Peninsula unable to rebound after late Saturday night in Anchorage

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2005

The Peninsula Oilers opened a two-game home stand against the Mat-Su Miners with a 7-2 loss Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at Kenai.

The Miners' seven runs were off nine hits, with three doubles and a solo home run.

"It was just a bad effort overall," Oilers' coach Mike Coutts said of the game. "We weren't ready mentally or physically. Last night we came in late, but there is no excuse really."

The Oilers were coming off a win Saturday against the Anchorage Bucs in Anchorage.

"Our game and the team didn't seem the same (today)," coach Coutts added.

The Miners were the first to score when right fielder Michael Taylor hit a double up the right field line with the bases loaded to bring in Mat-Su's first run.

The next Oilers pitch resulted in another run as the Miners opened a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

The Miners would score in each of the next three innings, including three runs alone in the sixth inning, as the Oilers shuffled through pitchers.

"They (Mat-Su) seemed to score on every one of our mistakes," coach Coutts said.

Jake Kahaulelio was able to score in the bottom of the fourth inning and following a wild pitch David Newby scored in the fifth inning, the only two runs for the Oilers.

Newby's scoring run convinced the Miners to exchange pitchers after Kevin Duke allowed three straight hits and the wild pitch for the score.

Mat-Su relief pitcher Josh Smith shut out the Oilers through the next three innings, though, allowing only two Oilers on base and giving up no hits.

Kahaulelio finished 1-for-3 with a single, one run, and a stolen base to lead the Oilers.

"Hopefully we approach the next game different and have a better showing," coach Coutts said of today's rematch with the Miners at 7 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Miners 7, Oilers 2

Ma-Su 002 113 000 — 7 9 1

Peninsula 000 110 000 — 2 5 2

E — McGuire, Kliebert, Haley. LOB — Miners 5, Oilers 7. DP — Miners 3. SB — Krauser (2), Kahaulelio. 2B — Taylor, Krauser, Bigler. HR — Taylor.

Miners IP H R ER BB SO

Duke 5 3 2 1 3 2

Smith, W 3 0 0 0 2 1

Rzepczynski 1 2 0 0 0 0


Dunham, L 5 6 4 3 1 2

Rider 1 2 2 2 1 0

Chambers 1 1 0 0 1 1

Pellegrine 1 0 0 0 0 1

Rifer 1 0 0 0 0 0

WP — Duke. HBP — by Duke (Kliebert), by Dunham (McCarthy).

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