The Peninsula Oilers split an Alaska Baseball League doubleheader on Sunday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks, falling to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks 6-2 before beating the Athletes in Action Fire 9-1.
After the two games, the Oilers fell to second place in the ABL with a 14-8 record. The Oilers are tied with the Miners, who are at 13-7. As the Clarion went to press, the Goldpanners were in first place at 11-4. However, that does not include a late game the Panners and Fire were playing on Sunday night.
The Oilers face the Panners today at 7 p.m. before playing a doubleheader against the Panners on Tuesday at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, the Oilers conclude their time in Fairbanks by playing the Fire at 2 p.m. and the Panners at 5 p.m.
In the second game of the day, the Oilers got their bats going, collecting nine runs on nine hits and homering twice.
Peninsula hit Fire starter and loser James Taylor hard. Taylor gave up seven runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings of work.
Taylor's last pitch of the day was to Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom jumped all over it for a towering two-run home run off the left-field foul pole.
Ryan Gebhart also had a nice offensive day against his old team, going 2-for-4 with a home run in the seventh. Davis Page was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Jeff Popick was 2-for-3 with two runs, Nathan Theunissen was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run, and Joe Kohan and Justin Charles also scored runs.
Chad Smith got the start for the Oilers, pitching three innings and giving up one run on two hits while striking out five.
Adam Heredia came in for Smith and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit.
The Oilers were then able to close the game with a pair of outfielders on the mound in order to preserve pitching for the busy days ahead. Sean Madigan pitched 2-3 of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits, while Stephen Piscotty pitched the last 1 1-3 innings, giving up no runs and no hits.
In the first game of the day, the Goldpanners jumped all over Oilers starter and loser Eddie Orozco.
Orozco gave up seven hits and six runs -- five earned -- in 3 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
The Oilers trailed 3-0 entering the fourth inning when they had their only rally against Panners starter and winner Ryan Cabral, who went six innings and gave up three hits and two runs while striking out seven.
The rally was short but sweet as Popick walked and Wisdom homered.
The Panners quickly came back with three runs off Orozco in the bottom of the inning to take control of the game.
Taylor Garrison pitched 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the Oilers. Kyle Brule pitched one hitless inning for the Panners.
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