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Oilers squeak out win

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003

The Peninsula Oilers ran their winning streak to three games, defeating the Mat-Su Miners 1-0 Monday in Alaska Baseball League play at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

With the win, the Oilers improve to 7-10 in ABL competition. The team will conclude its current road trip today in Anchorage against the Bucs before returning to Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai to host the Bucs Thursday.

Against the Miners, the Oilers struck early for the only run of the game, scoring in the third inning. Garret Schoenberger led off the frame with a single. After a fly-ball out, the Oilers loaded the bases with a pair of walks, setting the table for Travis Buck to drive in Schoenberger with a sacrifice fly.

Oilers starting pitcher Randy Beam made the run stand up as Buck had the only other Oilers hit of the game, a double in the first inning.

Beam went 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits while striking out five and walking one. Mike Ekstrom worked 2/3 inning of relief, getting out of a jam in the eighth as Oilers catcher Ben Fritz helped the cause by throwing out a runner trying to steal third, and Garrett Pennington pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the win.

Miners starter Kyle Knoblauch was impressive in the loss, giving up one run on two hits and three walks in seven innings. Knoblauch struck out three batters and combined with reliever Bryan Beck to retire 20 consecutive Oilers batters, starting with Buck's sacrifice fly in the third.

OILERS 1, MINERS 0

Oilers ab r h bi Miners ab r h bi

Holland 2b 3 0 0 0 Young lf 4 0 2 0

Uribes ss 3 0 0 0 Lowrie 3b 5 0 0 0

Buck rf 3 0 1 1 Kelly ss 4 0 0 0

Lex lf 4 0 0 0 Hooft 2b 4 0 1 0

Lewis 1b 3 0 0 0 Inouye rf 4 0 1 0

Bensko 3b 2 0 0 0 Butts cf 2 0 1 0

Fritz c 3 0 0 0 Beglin dh 4 0 0 0

Schnberger dh 3 1 1 0 Turner 1b 2 0 1 0

Frazee cf 3 0 0 0 Eichel c 3 0 0 0

- - - - - Noles ph 0 0 0 0

Totals 27 1 2 1 Totals 32 0 6 0

Peninsula 001 000 000 1

Mat-Su 000 000 000 0

E Beam, Bensko. LOB Oilers 3, Miners 12. 2B Buck. SB Young, Butts. CS Inouye. S Butts, Turner, Noles. SF Buck.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Beam, W 7 1-3 5 0 0 1 5

Ekstrom 2-3 0 0 0 1 0

Pennington, S 1 1 0 0 1 1

Miners

Knoblauch, L 7 2 1 1 3 3

Beck 2 0 0 0 0 1

HBP by Beam (Turner). WP Knoblauch.



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