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Peninsula tops Bucs

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2002

If patience is a virtue, then Oilers' right-hander Cordell Perkins is certainly a virtuous individual.

The University of California-Riverside product made a sparkling debut in the Oilers starting rotation Friday night in Peninsula's 9-4 victory over the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium.

After pitching just three innings out of the bullpen in the first 25 games of the season, Perkins worked into the seventh inning, allowing just one run on three hits in picking up his first victory of the summer.

The win concluded a 3-3 road trip for the Oilers, placing their Alaska Baseball League record at 8-9. Peninsula, which was off Saturday, is 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Anchorage Glacier Pilots after Saturday's action.

Perkins' effort on the mound was completed by relief pitchers Oscar Serrato and Adrian Schau, who combined for a shaky but effective two innings of work. The three runs and seven hits given up by the duo were irrelevant on a night that the Oilers' bats struck early and often against a quartet of Bucs' hurlers.

Three first-inning runs gave Perkins a nice cushion to work with. The big blow came from left fielder Chris Kolkhorst, who produced a two-out, two-run double to center field.

The Oilers added a run in the fifth on a solo home run by center fielder Brian Wahlbrink, his first of the season.

In the meantime, Perkins was setting down nine of the first ten Bucs' hitters. The first hit came in the fourth on a bunt by center fielder Terry Trofholz, but he was quickly erased on a pickoff.

More outstanding defense came in the fifth when third baseman Paul Janish made a diving stop of a line drive, and threw to first for a double play that once again stifled the Bucs' hopes of starting a rally.

The Oilers responded to a three-run seventh by the Bucs with two runs in the eighth. The runs were a product of walks, a misplayed sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. Three ninth-inning runs sealed the victory.

Wahlbrink was the offensive star of the game, finishing with three hits and two runs scored. First baseman Andy Schutzenhofer and shortstop Rusty Beale added two hits apiece.

The Oilers are back in action today, as they open an 11-game homestand at Coral Seymour Memorial Park at 2 p.m. with a doubleheader against the Bucs.

Friday

OILERS 9, BUCS 4

Oilers AB R H BI Bucs AB R H BI

Wahlbrink cf 5 2 3 1 Harper 2b 5 0 3 1

Griffin 2b 3 2 0 0 Trofholz cf 5 0 1 0

Schutzenhfr 1b 4 2 2 2 Stansberry ss 5 0 2 1

Brown dh 4 0 0 1 Townsend dh 2 0 0 0

Janish 3b 5 1 1 1 Campos dh 2 1 1 0

Kolkhorst lf 4 1 1 2 Zamojc rf 3 0 0 0

Underwood rf 3 0 0 0 Gill 1b 3 0 1 0

Schoenberger c 3 0 0 0 Flynn c 3 1 0 0

Cox ph 1 0 0 0 Gimenez lf 2 1 0 0

Richie c 0 0 0 0 McGehee 3b 4 1 2 2

Beale ss 3 1 2 0 --- - - - -

Totals 34 9 9 7 Totals 34 4 10 4

Peninsula 300 010 023 -- 9

Anchorage 000 000 301 -- 4

E -- Harper 2. DP -- Oilers 2, Bucs 0. LOB -- Oilers 6, Bucs 7. 2B -- Kolkhorst, Schutzenhofer, Stansberry. HR -- Wahlbrink. SB -- Wahlbrink. S -- Brown, Griffin.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Perkins, W 6 3 1 1 2 2

Serrato 2-3 1 2 2 2 0

Schau, S 2 1-3 6 1 1 0 1

Diefenderfer, L 7 7 4 4 2 5

Withers 2-3 0 2 1 1 0

Johnson 1-3 0 0 0 0 1

Buch 1 2 3 2 1 0

Perkins pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

HBP -- by Perkins (Gimenez, Campos); by Withers (Schutzenhofer). WP -- Perkins, Diefenderfer. PB -- Schoenberger.



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