Oilers split with Panners

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Oilers split a doubleheader against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Tuesday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

The Oilers lost the first game 4-2 before winning 9-7. The win for Peninsula broke a 10-game Alaska Baseball League winning streak for the Panners. It was also the first time the Panners lost in 11 league games as the home team.

The Panners are still in first in the ABL with a 14-5 record, while the Oilers are still two games back at 15-10.

The Oilers are now 3-5 on their road trip to Fairbanks. That road trip concludes with a doubleheader today, with Peninsula playing the Athletes in Action Fire at 2 p.m. and the Panners at 5 p.m.

In the first game, a pair of early unearned runs in the game hurt the Oilers and starter Kellen Moen, who took the loss. In the third inning, the Goldpanners took advantage of an error by center fielder Ryan Gebhart to take a 2-0 lead.

The Oilers cut the gap to 2-1 in the top of the sixth. With two outs and Stephen Piscotty on first base, both Jeff Popick and Nathan Theunissen singled to drive in Piscotty. Theunissen's single also chased Panners starter JT Chargois, who still picked up the win. Kyle Brule came in for Chargois and gave up a single but Popick was thrown out to end the inning.

The Panners padded their lead in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run by Martin Medina. In the top of the seventh, Garrett Wittels singled to score Sean Madigan, but Brule closed out the inning for the save.

In the second game, the Oilers got a big boost from two pitchers who had been on the team last year and just joined this year's team. Josh Carales picked up the win by pitching four innings and giving up two runs on two hits. Chad Smith then pitched a scoreless inning.

The Panners rallied to put three runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, but Jorge Marban was able to put out the rally for the save.

Ryan Gebhart scored three runs in the game, while Wittels and Nathan Theunissen each had two hits.

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