Goldpanners continue red-hot play: Fairbanks squad comes back to defeat Oilers, extend lead in ABL

Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The home cooking of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks is fast becoming too hot for the Peninsula Oilers and the rest of the Alaska Baseball League.

The Panners came from behind late to beat the Oilers 11-9 on Monday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks in a back-and-forth affair. Fairbanks has now won nine straight league games -- with eight of those wins coming as the home team. The Panners are now 9-0 as the home team in league play.

That hot streak has put Fairbanks at the top of the ABL. The Panners are now 13-4, with a 1 1-2-game lead over the Mat-Su Miners (13-7) and a two-game lead over the Oilers (14-9). The Oilers are now 2-4 on their road trip to Fairbanks.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the second, the Oilers fell behind 8-3 after three innings. However, the Oilers came all the way back to tie the game at 8 after five innings. Stephen Piscotty then gave the Oilers a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning with a home run.

Fairbanks mounted the winning rally in the bottom of the eighth against Oilers reliever and loser Mike Wolford. Wolford gave up three runs and five hits in just 2-3 of an inning. Fairbanks completed a 17-hit evening with the rally.

Derrick Chung, Jesse Sikorski, Martin Medina and Kevin Roundtree all had three hits for the Goldpanners, while Matt Mardesich and Jake Stewart had two hits.

The Goldpanners tagged Oilers starter Jake Sabol with his worst start of the season. Sabol went 4 2-3 innings and gave up eight runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits. Jorge Marban was the only Oilers pitcher to have any extended success against the Panners, going 2 1-3 innings and giving up one hit and no runs to allow his team to get back into the game.

The Oilers were able to swing the bats right with the Panners, collecting 14 hits. Peninsula chased starter Matt Vedo, who came in with a 1.35 ERA, after just three innings. Vedo gave up five runs and five hits, including a home run by Patrick Wisdom in the second inning that went at least 385 feet.

The Oilers also hit reliever Elliot Van Gaver hard, hanging five hits and three runs on him in 1 1-3 innings. Garrett Wittels had a two-RBI double against Van Gaver in the fifth inning to tie the game.

Tyler Grimes was 4-for-4 with two runs to lead the Oilers, while Piscotty and Wittels added two hits.

The Oilers face the Goldpanners in a doubleheader today starting at 5 p.m.

Goldpanners 11, Oilers 9

Oilers AB R H BI Panners AB R H BI

Grimes ss 4 2 4 1 Chung 2b 5 2 3 2

Gebhrt cf 3 1 1 1 Smntch lf 4 1 0 0

Wittels 2b 5 0 2 2 Skorski rf 5 0 3 3

Piscotty dh 5 2 2 1 Medina 3b 5 1 3 1

Wisdom 3b 5 1 1 1 Crmlich ss 4 1 1 0

Popick rf 4 1 1 2 Tchmn 1b 4 2 0 0

Thnissn 3b 5 0 1 0 Mrdsch dh 4 1 2 2

Page c 2 1 1 0 Rndtree c 3 1 3 0

Madign lf 4 1 1 0 Stwart cf 4 2 2 1

Totals 37 9 14 8 Totals 38 11 17 9

Peninsula 020 230 100 --8

Alaska 060 200 003 --11

E -- Sabol, Popick, Medina. DP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Oilers 14, Panners 7. 2B -- Popick, Wittels, Medina, Chung. HR -- Wisdom, Piscotty. SB -- Page, Simonitsch, Sikorski. CS -- Grimes, Roundtree. S -- Wittels, Gebhart, Roundtree.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Sabol 4 2-3 11 8 5 2 1

Marban 2 1-3 1 0 0 0 4

Wolford, L 2-3 5 3 3 0 0

Piscotty 1-3 0 0 0 0 1

Panners

Vedo 3 5 5 4 6 3

Van Gaver 1 1-3 5 3 3 1 0

Grieve 2 2-3 2 1 1 1 4

Baron, W 1 1 0 0 0 1

Brule, S 1 0 0 0 0 0

Vedo pitched to one batter in the fourth.

PB -- Page. HP -- by Vedo (Wisdom), by Baron (Madigan). BK -- Vedo.



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