Oilers take 4th straight

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Behind a 13-hit attack, the Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Bucs 7-1 on Monday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park for their fourth straight Alaska Baseball League victory.

The Oilers move to 5-6 in the league, while the Bucs fall to 8-5. The Mat-Su Miners lead the league with an 8-3 record that does not include the second game of a Monday doubleheader against the Athletes in Action Fire.

The Oilers were hitting .193 coming into the game, but broke out behind a 3-for-4 effort from Mark Tracy.

The Oilers jumped on Bucs starter and loser Sean Lucas in the bottom of the second inning. Tracy started the inning with a single, then Stephen Hagen followed with a single that advanced Tracy to third.

After Hagen advanced to second on a passed ball, Ryan Fisher doubled to score Tracy. Hagen only advanced to third on the double, because it looked for a while like the fly ball could be caught.

Kawika Emsley-Pai then grounded out to second to score Hagen and move Fisher to third. Joe Kohan then put the Oilers up 3-0 when his sacrifice bunt knocked in Fisher.

The Peninsula bats stayed hot in the third inning, when singles by Marty Mullins, Shayne Willson and Tracy loaded the bases with nobody out.

Lucas limited the damage when he got Hagen to ground into a double play, scoring Mullins. Fisher ended the inning by grounding out.

The Bucs cut the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fifth with their lone run off Oilers starter and winner Kevin Rath. Tyler Sibley started the inning with a double to left field and advanced to third on a ground-out. Sibley then scored on a ground-out by Michael Hur.

In the sixth, the Oilers increased their lead to 6-1 against Bucs reliever Garret Carruth.

With one out, the Oilers loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Emsley-Pai, Caleb Bushyhead and Kohan. Garry Kuykendall then knocked in Emsley-Pai and Bushyhead with a single to left field. Carruth avoided further damage with a strikeout and pop fly.

The Oilers completed the scoring in the seventh against Carruth when Tracy led off with a single and stole second. He advanced to third on a passed ball, but was thrown out at home on a ground-out by Fisher.

Fisher then stole second and scored on a two-out double by Emsley-Pai.

Rath went five innings for the win, giving up six hits and one run while walking two and striking out two.

Crosby Slaught pitched a hitless inning of relief, then Tom Briner recorded the save by working the final three innings, giving up two hits and whiffing five.

The Oilers face the Bucs at Coral Seymour Memorial Park tonight at 7 p.m.

Monday

Oilers 7, Bucs 1

Bucs AB H R BI Oilers AB H R BI

Sibly 2b 4 1 2 0 Kykndl cf 5 0 2 2

Atwd rf 4 0 1 0 Mllns c 5 1 1 0

Hur lf 3 0 1 1 Willsn lf 4 0 1 0

McCnky 1b 4 0 0 0 Millr lf 1 0 0 0

Crnk dh 4 0 1 0 Kskw 1b 0 0 0 0

Brnes c 4 0 0 0 Tracy 1b 4 1 3 0

Young 3b 4 0 1 0 Hagn dh 4 1 1 0

Bello cf 4 0 1 0 Fishr 2b 4 2 1 2

Mrtnsn ss 2 0 1 0 Em-Pi rf 3 1 2 2

---- -- -- -- -- Bhyhd ss 3 1 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Kohan 3b 3 0 1 1

Totals 33 1 8 1 Totals 36 7 13 7

Anchorage 000 010 000 --1

Peninsula 031 002 10X --7

E -- Martinson. DP -- Bucs 1, Oilers 1. LOB -- Bucs 7, Oilers 8. 2B -- Sibley, Fisher, Emsley-Pai. SB -- Fisher, Tracy. S -- Kohan.

IP H R ER BB SO

Bucs

Lucas, L 5 6 4 4 2 1

Carruth 2 6 3 3 0 2

Snow 1 1 0 0 0 2

Oilers

Rath, W 5 6 1 1 2 2

Slaught 1 0 0 0 0 1

Briner, S 3 2 0 0 0 5

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