Oilers third baseman Tim McCabe wasn't sure how many runs it was going to take to beat the Anchorage Bucs Thursday evening in an Alaska League Baseball Game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.
McCabe did his part to make sure that whatever number the Oilers came up with would be enough, though, scoring twice and driving in three runs in the Oilers' 7-4 win over the Bucs.
"You gotta try to get as many runs as you can, McCabe said. "Our pitchers have done real well -- they've done a good job winning the one-run ballgames, but you never know how many runs is going to win it."
As it turned out Thursday, the four runs that McCabe was involved in would have at least given the Oilers a tie with the Bucs.
McCabe hit a two-run double with one out in the bottom of the second inning and later scored on an Anchorage error during a four-run Peninsula rally.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound slugger out of West Virginia University answered a four-run Bucs rally by depositing a pitch over the wall in left field for a solo home run.
"I saw some good pitches to hit today," McCabe said. "There haven't been too many hit out of this ballpark -- it's a pitcher's ballpark. I got a fastball a little down and in and I just met it pretty good."
McCabe said that swinging the wood bats at Coral Seymour Memorial Park isn't as easy as he made it look.
"There are good days and bad days, but you've got to go out there every day and play with confidence," McCabe said.
While the Oilers offense was putting runs up on the board, Peninsula starter Ryan Prahm did well for himself on the mound. After giving up a leadoff single to Andrew Topham to start off the ballgame, Prahm retired 15 consecutive batters before Christopher O'Riordan reached on an error to lead off the sixth inning. Prahm allowed two hits, struck out six and walked one along the way.
Prahm gave up three runs, one of them earned, in the sixth, though, and made way for Brian Tarajack with one out in the frame.
After giving up a single and a double, Tarajack got a ground ball and an infield pop-up to end the Bucs rally in the sixth. Tarajack got two quick outs in the top of the seventh, but had to leave the game with hamstring problems.
Stephen Copeland finished off the seventh and got out of the eighth inning unscathed, thanks to a nifty double play turned by the combination of Danny Garcia at second to Hunter Brown at short and on to Brad Carlson, who made the stretch to get the runner at first.
David Humen pitched the ninth for the Oilers, striking out Levi Robinson with runners on first and second to end the ballgame.
Throughout the game, Peninsula exhibited what has become trademarks of Oilers baseball. Manager Gary Adcock kept the base runners moving, twice executing a double-steal with Jackson Coleman and Garcia on the basepaths.
"We executed today," McCabe said. "We have a couple of good base runners that can take advantage if a pitcher has a slow move to the plate."
The Oilers improve to an ABL-leading 10-3 in league play and 19-5 overall.
The Bucs will be in town through the weekend. Friday's game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., as is Saturday's game. The final game of the series is Sunday at 2 p.m.
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