Oilers grind out victory

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

The Peninsula Oilers overcame a stellar effort from Anchorage Bucs starting pitcher Jered Weaver Monday, scratching out three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Bucs 3-2 in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

With the win, the Oilers take the season series with the Bucs 4-3 and improve to 9-11 in ABL competition.

Weaver held the Oilers hitless until Andy Schutzen-hofer beat out a bunt single to lead off the seventh inning. Schutzenhofer made it as far as second, picking up a stolen base, but got no further than that, despite a heroic effort at the plate from Mike Cox, who fouled off several pitchers from Weaver before grounding out.

Oilers starter A.J. Shappi also had a solid game, holding the Bucs off the scoreboard through six innings.

Anchorage scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on a triple by Joe Diefenderfer.

The Oilers were able to rally in the bottom of the ninth, though, loading the bases with a walk by Schutzenhofer, a ground-rule double by Jerrod Brown and a walk by Daniel Underwood.

Cox singled to drive in the Oilers' first run of the game, and Preston Griffin drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the score.

Pinch hitter Chris Kolkhorst struck out, but Rusty Beale singled down the third-base line, driving in the winning run.

Oilers relief pitcher Tim Gorski picked up the win, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one.

Weaver left the game after one-hitting the Oilers for seven shutout innings, striking out 10 and walking one.

Wade Townsend took the loss.

OILERS 3, BUCS 2

Bucs AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Diefndrfer 1b 3 0 2 2 Graziano lf 4 0 0 0

Stansberry ss 5 0 2 0 Wahlbrink cf 4 0 0 0

Lundeen 3b 4 0 1 0 Schutznhfr 1b 2 1 1 0

Harper 2b 1 0 0 0 Brown dh 4 0 1 0

Campos lf 3 0 0 0 Underwood rf 2 1 0 0

Cruz dh 3 0 0 0 Cox 3b 3 0 1 1

Zamojc rf 4 1 3 0 Griffin 2b 3 0 0 1

Trofholtz cf 4 1 2 0 Jones c 2 0 0 0

Gimenez c 3 0 0 0 Beale ss 4 0 1 1

Alexander 2b 3 0 1 0 Postlewait pr 0 1 0 0

McGehee ph 1 0 0 0 Kolkhorst ph 1 0 0 0

Gill ph 1 0 0 0 --- - - - -

Flynn ph 1 0 0 0 --- - - - -

Totals 36 2 11 2 Totals 29 3 4 3

Anchorage 000 000 002 -- 2

Peninsula 000 000 003 -- 3

E -- Beale, Shappi. DP -- Bucs 1, Oilers 1. LOB -- Bucs 9, Oilers 7. 2B -- Brown. 3B -- Diefenderfer. SB -- Schutzenhofer 2, Underwood, Trofholtz 2.

IP H R ER BB SO

Weaver 7 1 0 0 3 10

Townsend, L 1 1-3 2 3 3 4 1

Johnson 1-3 1 0 0 0 1

Oilers

Shappi 6 7 0 0 1 2

Gorski, W 3 4 2 2 1 3

WP -- Gorski, Weaver. PB -- Jones. T -- 3:15.



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