Peninsula holds big lead Saturday

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007

After their 12-run outburst on Friday night, the Peninsula Oilers are averaging nearly seven runs a contest through their first 13 home games.

It took them only two innings on Saturday to amass that total.

Michael Dabbs was 3-for-5, Nick Buss and Juan Martinez knocked in two runs apiece and Mario Hollands turned in his best outing of the season in leading the Oilers to a 7-3 victory over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

"It's huge to get the runs early because it takes pressure off you," Oilers' manager Dan Boyle said. "You can go up there and take hacks and get into a groove without the pressure of, 'Oh, we need a run here. We need a run there.' That helps out a lot."

The Oilers (13-10 overall, 4-10 ABL) wasted no time returning to form Saturday, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning off Pilots starter Brett Bukvich (1 1/3 innings, six hits, six runs) on singles by Dabbs, Buss and Toby Davis.

They followed that with a four-run explosion in the second on base hits by Adam Younger, Ryan Wilkes and Martinez, walks to Davis and Steve Goins and a double by Dabbs.

Making it stand up, though, was Hollands (1-1), who entered the game with a 5.17 ERA in 8 2/3 innings before pitching six effective innings Saturday, allowing only three runs — one earned — on three hits and four walks while fanning two.

"Mario did a great job. That was the best I've seen Mario since he's been up here," Boyle said. "His fastball had a lot of giddyap on it. His curveball looked really good.

"He does a great job but he's still just a little in between as far as being a pitcher and being a thrower," he added. "The more he learns to become a pitcher, the better he'll be."

He took a major step toward that on Saturday.

Not allowing a hit through four innings, Hollands surrendered his only earned run in the fifth when Danny Cox opened the inning with a first-pitch double to right field. He advanced to third on a ground out by Tony Pechek and scored the Pilots' first run when Mike Diaz grounded out to third base.

Hollands nearly escaped the sixth unscathed after putting two on with two outs, but back-to-back wild throws to first base resulted in two more runs.

"That's the only real bad thing of the day is our defense got lax there late and let a couple runs up that we shouldn't have allowed," Boyle said. "If we stick with our defense, that's a 7-1 game."

John Dunn took over in the seventh and allowed only one hit, Joey Haug pitched a hitless eighth and Paul Smyth closed the door in the ninth, snagging a line drive off the bat of Josh Cox to end the game and give the Oilers their second win in as many nights.

"We play well at home, as you can see. Our guys have a lot more fun at home," Boyle said. "It's the same thing. It doesn't change on the road. You've got to come out, because it is baseball, and it's fun game. You should take the same mentality at home as you do on the road.

"It's nice to get another W," he added. "We've just got to keep it rolling."

Matthew Carroll can be reached at matthew.carroll@peninsulaclarion.com.

Oilers 7, Pilots 3

Pilots AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Williams cf 3 0 0 0 Dabbs rf 5 2 3 0

Barnes 2b 4 0 0 0 Wilkes dh 2 1 1 0

Sebek rf 4 1 1 0 Buss c 3 1 2 2

Wagner 1b 4 0 0 0 Lundy ph 1 0 0 0

Yoder dh 1 1 0 0 Mejia lf 4 1 0 0

D. Cox ss 4 1 1 0 Davis 3b 3 0 1 1

Pecheck c 3 0 0 0 Mrtinz 2b 4 0 2 2

Diaz 3b 4 0 1 0 Goins 1b 3 1 0 0

J. Cox lf 3 0 2 0 Genoa c 3 0 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Youngr ss 4 1 1 1

Totals 30 3 4 1 Totals 31 7 11 6

Anchorage 000 012 000 —3 4 1

Peninsula 250 000 00x —7 11 2

E — Diaz, Davis, Younger. DP — Pilots 2, Oilers 0. LOB — Pilots 4, Oilers 7. 2B — D. Cox, Dabbs (2). SF — Buss. S — Patterson. S — Wilkes, Genoa. SB — Yoder, J. Cox, Dabbs, Buss (2), Mejia. CS — Barnes.

IP H R ER BB SO

Pilots

Bukvich, L 1 1/3 6 6 5 1 1

Beltz 4 2/3 5 1 0 2 2

Vicini 2 0 0 0 1 1

Oilers

Hollands, W 6 3 3 1 4 2

Dunn 1 1 0 0 0 1

Haug 1 0 0 0 0 0

Smyth 1 0 0 0 0 0

HBP — by Haug (Yoder).



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