Oilers keep on sliding

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2007

The Peninsula Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Athletes in Action Fire on Sunday in Fairbanks. The loss was the sixth in a row for the Oilers, who fall to 11-6 overall and 3-6 in the Alaska Baseball League.

The Fire scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, when Jamie McGraw hit a one-out, bases-loaded ground out that scored Quinnlan Clair. Clair had reached base when he was hit by pitcher Joey Haug, who took the loss. Paul Smyth was pitching when McGraw hit his grounder.

Peninsula had tied the game at 2 in the top of the eighth inning when Juan Martinez had a two-out hit to score Steve Goins, who had reached on a walk.

The other run came for the Oilers in the top of the fifth inning, when Toby Davis had a sacrifice fly to score Martinez and make the score 2-1.

The Oilers had numerous other chances to score, leaving 11 runners on base. Payton Tweddale picked up the victory for AIA.

The Oilers face the Fairbanks Goldpanners today on the road at 7 p.m.

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