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Goldpanners split twin bill with Oilers

Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2003

The Peninsula Oilers got off the slide this weekend, getting their first Alaska Baseball League wins of the season. The Oilers tied their four-game home series against the Fairbanks Goldpanners Thursday through Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

After losing Thursday, the Oilers won Friday night 1-0 and split a Saturday doubleheader, with a 3-1 first-game win and an 11-3 losing effort in the second game.

Friday's contest offered little in the way of scoring and batting as the Oilers and Goldpanners combined for only 14 hits. Defensive play kept runs off the board for most of the game, with winning pitcher Jake Postlewaite striking out nine Panners while Fairbanks pitcher Brad Davis had seven strikeouts.

The scoreboard remained blank going into the bottom of the ninth inning when David Uribes scored on a Ben Fritz sacrifice bunt to score the game's only run.

In Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, the Panners got the first run in the first inning when Jason Matteuche executed a sacrifice bunt to send leadoff hitter Jose Rodriguez home.

In the bottom of the inning, with runners at first and third, Oiler Dusty Bensko stepped into the batter's box. He saw a couple of changeups from Panners pitcher Kyle Allen for strikes. With a 2-2 count, Allen threw pitch low and away that appeared to miss the outside corner, but the plate umpire called a strike for the final out.

 

Oilers player Garrett Schoenberger slides into home while Goldpanners catcher Tyler Best waits for the ball to be thrown in at Saturday's game.

Photo by McNair Rivers

Bensko said he quietly expressed his discontent with the call.

"I said something I shouldn't have said to myself and he overheard me and tossed me," Bensko said. "I thought about as soon as I said it and I wish I hadn't. I know I shouldn't be doing that."

The umpire ejected Bensko from the game, and when Oilers coach Kyle DiEduardo came out to question the call, he was tossed out, as well.

"Coach was just protecting me," Bensko said.

The Oilers were able to take the lead in the bottom of the second, however, capitalizing on a Fairbanks mistake. With designated hitter Paul John Zobeck on first base, Oilers catcher Garrett Schoenberger hit a line drive between second and third base into left field. Left-fielder Matteuche threw a relay in to home plate to head off Zobeck, while Schoenberger tagged first and continued toward second.

Panners catcher Tyler Best tried to beat Schoenberger to the bag, with a throw back to second. But Best's throw sailed high over second baseman Rodriguez's head into center field for an error. Zobeck continued from third to score and Schoenberger scored from second.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jimmy Bacon, replacing Bensko, got on base with a single hopper that Panners shortstop James Guerrero trapped but could not handle. Bacon got to second on an Andy Dahl fielder's choice, and reached third when Allen threw a wild pitch past Best.

A Kevin Mangles single to center field scored Bacon to make the score 3-1 in the Oilers' favor.

A Panners rally in the top of the seventh made things interesting. After Best hit a single off starting Oilers pitcher Chad Decker, Oilers pitching coach Darin Everson substituted Kyle Wilson on the mound.

Wilson came in and gave up four more hits and a run, as Best tagged home on a Rodriguez single. Defensive play helped Wilson as he got out of a suicide squeeze, throwing Aaron Mathews out at home.

With runners in scoring position, Wilson got ahead of Panner Derek Bruce 1-2 in the count. Wilson delivered a fast ball that Bruce swung at for the strikeout, sealing the win for the Oilers.

"It was a tight situation," Wilson said about the final inning. "My goal was pretty much not to change a thing. I think my arm was really alive today. I relied on my strength instead of my off-speed balls."

Decker got the win and Allen collected the loss for the Panners.

In the second game of the double dip, the Oilers' bats heated up early, with more help from the Panners. In the bottom of the first, Uribes got on base with a single to left, and reached second on a Fritz sacrifice bunt. Dahl scored Uribes on a single to left field. But Fairbanks left-fielder Nick Blasi couldn't handle the hopper Dahl knocked his way, and let the ball roll to the wall, allowing Josh Lex to score.

Blasi collected the error, and Dahl scored an RBI to end the first inning.

The Peninsula pitching unraveled in the next frame, however, as the bullpen used four pitchers and eventually had to call on a starting infielder to close.

Starting Oiler pitcher Tim Day gave up five hits and three runs in the top of the inning. He was replaced in the third inning by Garrett Pennington, who gave up a two-RBI double to Panner James Guerrero before ending the series. Guerrero led the Panners with five RBIs for the game.

Pennington was touched up for two base hits and an earned run in the fourth before Paul Coleman was sent in to replace him. Fairbanks scored five earned runs in the fourth to enter to bottom half of the game up 10-2.

With one away in the top of the fourth, Panner Jeff Culpepper hit a ground ball to Peninsula first baseman Kevin Mangles. Mangles rushed to tag first and stepped on the bag awkwardly, spraining his ankle. He was taken out of the game and helped off the field, and Jimmy Bacon replaced him in the lineup while Bensko took over first base duties.

The Oilers did make a late rally in the bottom of the eighth, getting a double from Josh Lex and a single from Bensko to send Lex home. But the Peninsula bats were frozen by Fairbanks pitching.

In the top of the ninth, Bensko appeared on the mound to close out the game. He used to pitch in high school and said he was available to help if ever his throwing arm was needed.

"I really didn't want to pitch because I wished we were in the game," he said.

Bensko threw a 1-2-3 inning, getting two strikeouts and recording pitches as fast as 91 miles per hour.

At the bottom of the ninth, with one out and runners at first and second, Lex came to the plate with the opportunity to start another rally that could rescue the Oilers. At full count, he hit to third baseman Derek Bruce, who threw out a runner at second.

Lex stumbled and fell running to first and was thrown out to end the game.

Day got the loss for the Oilers.

The Oilers' ABL record goes to 2-7 after this weekend's play. The Oilers play the first game of a four-game stand against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots today at 2 p.m. at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Friday

OILERS 1, GOLD PANNERS 0

Oilers AB R H BI Panners AB R H HI

Holland 2b 4 0 1 0 Guerrero, ss 4 0 1 0

Uribes, ss 4 1 2 0 Rodriquez, 2b 4 0 1 0

Fritz, c 3 0 0 0 Bruce, 3b 4 0 0 0

Lex, lf 3 0 0 0 Davis, c 4 0 2 0

Dahl, rf 3 0 1 1 Culpepper, rf 4 0 2 0

Bensko, 3b 3 0 1 0 Blasi, lf 4 0 0 0

Frazee, cf 3 0 0 0 Strankman, dh 4 0 0 0

Mangels, 1b 3 0 0 0 Frostad, 1b 4 0 2 0

Zobeck, dh 3 0 1 0 Mathews, cf 3 0 0 0

Bacon, pr-dh 0 0 0 0 Davis, p 0 0 0 0

Postlewaite, p 0 0 0 0 Andrade, p 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 29 1 6 1 TOTALS 35 0 8 0

Fairbanks 000 000 000 0

Peninsula 000 000 001 1

E Holland. LOB Oilers 5, Gold Panners 9. 2B: Frostad. SB Uribes, Davis, Culpepper. CS: Bacon, Jimmy, Davis. S Fritz, Dahl.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Postlewaite, W 9.00 8 0 0 1 9

Gold Panners

Davis 7.00 3 0 0 1 7

Andrade, L 1.67 3 1 1 0 1

WP Davis. T 3:00.

Saturday

Game 1

OILERS 3, GOLDPANNERS 2

Oilers AB R H BI Goldpanners AB R H BI

Holland, 2b 3 0 1 0 Rodriquez, 2b 3 1 0 1

Uribes, ss 3 0 0 0 Matteucci, lf 3 0 0 0

Lex, lf 3 0 0 0 Bruce, 3b 4 0 1 1

Bensko, 3b 1 0 0 0 Davis, dh 2 0 0 0

Bacon, 3b 2 1 0 0 Frostad, 1b 3 0 1 0

Dahl, rf 3 0 0 0 Guerrero, ss 3 0 0 0

Zobeck, dh 3 1 1 0 Best, c 3 1 0 0

Mangels, 1b 3 0 1 1 Mathews, cf 3 1 0

Schoenbrgr, c 3 1 1 0 Culpepper, rf 2 0 0 0

Frazee, cf 2 0 0 0 Allen, p 0 0 0 0

Decker, p 0 0 0 0

Wilson, p 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 26 3 4 1 TOTALS 26 2 3 2

Fairbanks 100 000 1 2

Peninsula 020 001 x 3

E Uribes, Bacon, Bruce(2), Rodriquez, Guerrero,

Best. LOB Oilers 5, Golpanners 7. 2B Zobeck, Frostad. SB Mathews. S Matteucci.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Decker, W 6.00 2 2 1 1 5

Wilson 1.00 1 0 0 1 2

Golpanners

Allen, L 6.00 4 3 0 0 7

HBP Decker (Rodriquez). . . . . . . WP Allen(3). PB Schoenberger. T: 3:00.

Game 2

GOLDPANNERS 11, OILERS 3

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Mathews, cf 6 1 1 0 Holland, 2b 5 0 1 0

Rodriquez, 2b 4 1 0 0 Uribes, ss 4 1 2 0

Frostad, c 5 1 2 1 Fritz, c 4 0 1 0

Davis, rf 4 2 1 1 Lex, lf 4 2 3 0

Matteucci, rf 0 0 0 0 Dahl, rf 4 0 1 1

Best, dh 4 3 2 2 Zobeck, dh-1b 3 0 0 0

Culpepper, 1b 5 1 0 0 Bensko,3b 3 0 1 1

Guerrero, ss 5 1 5 5 Mangels, 1b 1 0 0 0

Bruce, 3b 5 0 1 1 Bacon, 3b 3 0 1 0

Blasi, lf 4 1 2 1 Frazee, cf 4 0 0 0

Aselton, p 0 0 0 0 Day, p 0 0 0 0

Zacho, p 0 0 0 0 Pennington, p 0 0 0 0

Coleman, p 0 0 0 0

Hall, p 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 42 11 15 11 TOTALS 35 3 10 2

Fairbanks 032 500 010 11

Peninsula 200 000 010 3

E Blasi Holland Lex. DP Panners 1. LOB Panners 9, Oilers 10. 2B Culpepper, Davis, Lex. SB Bruce, Blasi. S Rodriquez, Fritz.

IP H R ER BB SO

Panners

Aselton, W 7.00 6 2 1 3 4

Zacho 2.00 4 1 1 1 2

Oilers

Coleman 3.67 3 1 1 1 3

Day, L 2.67 7 5 5 1 1

Hall, 1.00 1 1 0 1 2

Bensko 1.00 0 0 0 0 2

Pennington 0.67 4 4 4 0 0

HBP by Hall (Rodriquez). . WP Zacho. PB Frostad. T: 3:00.



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