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Oilers split double dip with Team USA

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2001

The Peninsula Oilers needed a strong performance Sunday afternoon against visiting Team USA, if for no other reason than to give the squad a shot of confidence as it prepares for a make-or-break Alaska Baseball League road trip this week.

Oilers head coach Brian Green got what he wanted as the Oilers scored two runs on two hits in the first inning of game one of Sunday's doubleheader and went on to defeat Team USA 4-1 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The Oilers put together a 4-2 lead in the second game of the afternoon before Team USA's Chris Snyder blasted a two-run homer to tie the game, sparking the national team to a 9-4 win.

"It's a great opportunity to play Team USA," Green said during the intermission between games. "We're looking to regain some confidence before we go on a big road trip.

"It's an opportunity to get better on execution and on energy in the dugout and on the field. It's an opportunity to improve on a day that's not a league game."

The Oilers, currently 2 1-2 games behind the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the ABL, have a chance to make up some ground this week, with games in Anchorage against the Pilots and Bucs and in the Valley against the Miners.

The Oilers took advantage of their opportunities in the first game, a seven-inning affair. Mark Teahen reached and advanced to second on a throwing error with one out, took third on a single by Wilton Reynolds and scored on a passed ball.

Reynolds also moved up on the passed ball, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Jamie D'Antona.

That would be all the runs Oilers starter Juan Serrato would need as he went 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking five and striking out one.

Mike Mendez came on with the bases loaded on got two quick outs to end the game in the top of the seventh.

"Juan was outstanding. I'm happy for him -- he's such a good person," Green said. "He threw well, and that was his best effort of the season for us.

"I'm happy for Mike too. He's had some tough-luck losses the last couple of games, and this will be good for his confidence. He's the guy we want to give the ball to."

Serrato said he was happy with the win, whether it be against Team USA or any other squad.

"I just wanted to compete and to beat these guys," Serrato said. "All my pitches were working well today. I was just going out and competing. It's good for us to get a win -- it gets us up a little as a team."

The Oilers out a pair of insurance runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Oilers loaded the bases with two outs on walks to Jeff Dragicevich, Jackson Coleman and Reynolds.

Luke Simmons came through with a single to right field -- one of just four timely hits in the game by the Oilers -- to plate Dragicevich and Coleman.

Team USA's Jeremy Reed, a member of the Oilers last season, was up to his old tricks to start game two, the nine-inning series rubber match.

Reed singled, took second on an error and stole third to lead off the game, then scored on a triple by Michael Aubrey. Aubrey crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Quentin.

The Oilers cut the deficit in half with a run in the second inning. Simmons singled and advanced on a passed ball, took third on a single by Justin Seely and scored on a single by Trey Hendricks.

The home team strung together five singles -- by Coleman, Teahen, Simmons, Seely and Hendricks -- to score three runs in the bottom of the third inning, taking a 4-2 lead.

Snyder hit his homer in the top of the fourth, though, and Team USA added three runs in the sixth and another in the ninth for the win.

Chris Reilly took the loss for the Oilers, throwing 5 2-3 innings and giving up eight runs, six of them earned, on 10 hits while walking two and striking out five.

The Oilers did pound out 12 hits, but 10 Peninsula runners were left stranded on the basepaths during the game.

The Oilers, now 15-13 overall, return to ABL action Tuesday against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Sunday

First game

OILERS 4, TEAM USA 1

USA ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Reed 1b 4 0 2 1 Coleman cf 2 1 0 0

Fuld cf 3 0 0 0 Teahen 2b 4 1 1 0

Aubrey rf 3 0 0 0 Reynolds rf 2 1 1 1

Howard 3b 3 0 2 0 Simmons 1b 2 0 1 2

Quentin dh 3 0 0 0 D'Antona 3b 3 0 1 1

Quintanilla 2b 1 0 0 0 Seely lf 2 0 0 0

Weeks lf 1 1 0 0 Hendricks dh 2 0 0 0

Baker ss 2 0 0 0 Cunningham c 3 0 0 0

Herrera c 1 0 0 0 Dragicevich ss 2 1 0 0

Hubele ph 2 0 1 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 23 1 5 1 Totals 22 4 4 4

Team USA 000 000 1 -- 1

Peninsula 200 200 x -- 4

E -- Baker. DP -- Oilers 2. LOB -- Oilers 7, Team USA 8. SB -- Coleman. CS -- Reed.

IP H R ER BB SO

Team USA

Cunningham, L 3 1-3 3 4 2 5 2

Thurmond 2 2-3 1 0 0 1 3

Oilers

Serrato, W 6 1-3 5 1 1 5 1

Mendez, S 2-3 0 0 0 0 0

HBP -- by Serrato (Quintanilla, Aubrey), by Cunningham (Coleman). WP -- Serrato, Cunningham. PB -- Herrera.

Second game

TEAM USA 9, OILERS 4

USA ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi

Reed 1b 5 2 3 2 Coleman cf 4 1 1 0

Fuld cf 4 1 3 1 Teahen 2b 4 1 2 0

Aubrey dh 4 1 2 1 Reynolds rf 5 0 1 0

Quentin rf 4 0 1 1 Simmons 1b 5 2 4 1

Howard ss 5 0 0 0 D'Antona 3b 5 0 0 0

Quintanilla 2b 5 1 1 0 Seely lf 3 0 2 1

Snyder c 2 2 1 2 Hendricks dh 4 0 2 2

Baker 3b 3 1 1 0 Thiel c 4 0 0 0

Weeks lf 4 1 2 1 Dragicevich ss 4 0 0 0

Zimmerman p 1 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Ring p 0 0 0 0 ---- -- -- -- --

Totals 37 9 14 8 Totals 38 4 12 4

Team USA 200 213 001 -- 9

Peninsula 013 000 000 -- 4

E -- Dragicevich 2, Reilly, Perkins. DP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Team USA 6, Oilers 10. 2B -- Fuld. 3B -- Reed, Aubrey. HR -- Snyder. SB -- Reed, Simmons. CS -- Reed, Quentin, Teahen. SF -- Quentin.

IP H R ER BB SO

Team USA

Thurmond 3 1-3 2 0 0 1 3

Bullington, W 2 2-3 8 4 3 0 5

Aubrey 1 1 0 0 0 0

Zimmerman 1 0 0 0 0 1

Ring 1 1 0 0 1 3

Oilers

Reilly, L 5 2-3 10 8 6 2 5

Silva 2 1-3 3 0 0 1 1

Perkins 1 1 1 0 0 0

HBP -- by Silva (Fuld), by Aubrey (Teahen). PB -- Snyder, Thiel.



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