Oilers lock down Bucs

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008

The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 1-0 in 12 innings on Sunday in Alaska Baseball League play at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

The Oilers moved to 4-4 in the tightly packed league standings, while the Bucs fell to 5-5. The Oilers will stay at Mulcahy and face the Anchorage Glacier Pilots today at 7 p.m.

After a dominant effort by both pitching staffs, the Oilers finally broke through in the top of the 12th inning. Francis Larson started the inning with a single off eventual loser Jayson Kramer. Kramer was then lifted in favor of Mark Joukoff.

Jeremy Gould bunted Larson to second, then Boyle came on to run for Larson. Vince Belnome then smacked a double to easily score Boyle. Belnome was the only Oiler with two hits on the day.

It then fell to eventual winner Seth Harvey to keep the Bucs off the board in the bottom of the inning. Davy Wright led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Corey Steglich. Harvey then went to a full count on leadoff hitter Evan Wells before blowing a fastball by him for two outs. Harvey then induced Kyle Lusson to ground out to second to end the game.

Oilers starter Brandon Dixon had a 0.75 ERA heading into the game and Bucs starter Christian Bergman had a 0.51 ERA heading into the game. As their stats would indicate, the two engaged in a duel. Dixon went 5 1-3 innings and gave up seven hits. Bergman went eight innings and gave up just four hits while striking out eight.

The Oilers bullpen then locked down the Bucs until the Oilers could finally muster a run. Daniel Lombardozzi did not give up a hit in 1 1/3 innings, Erik Draxton pitched a hitless 3 1/3 innings and Harvey gave up one hit in two innings.

Paul Goldschmidt was 3-for-5 for the Bucs, while Matt Apfel had two hits.

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