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Oilers put wraps on 10-1 homestand

Reliever Heines celebrates 21st birthday by picking up victory over Pilots

Posted: Monday, July 10, 2006

The Oilers’ slumbering bats awoke just in time to give relief pitcher Ricky Heines a present for his 21st birthday on Sunday afternoon at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

Heines picked up the win in relief in the Alaska Baseball League game as the Oilers came back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 7-5. The win completed a 10-1 homestand for the Oilers and gave them an 11-6 record in the ABL. The Pilots fell to 8-9 in the league.

The Pilots snapped the Oilers’ nine-game winning streak on Saturday night by holding Peninsula to just two hits and no runs.

Anchorage started strong again Sunday. Oilers starter Chris Saddoris had not given up an earned run in 16 1-3 innings coming into the game, but the Pilots jumped on Saddoris for four runs — three earned — in 4 1-3 innings.

Heines came on for Saddoris in the top of the fifth and allowed a bloop RBI single to Chase D’Arnaud and an RBI double to John Ray as the visitors grabbed a 5-1 lead.

Meanwhile, the Oilers were struggling against Pilots starter Duke Welker, picking up just one run on two hits in the first four innings.

“All of yesterday, their pitcher dominated our hitters,” Oilers coach Thad Johnson said. “We knew they would use a similar approach today because they had a similar pitcher.

“We had to have a different approach. It’s a game of adjustments.”

Johnson said the Oilers’ offense picked up in the latter part of Sunday’s game because the team was more aware of the strike zone and because the Oilers caught some breaks.

A big break started an Oilers rally in the fifth inning. With one out, Jim Pollack struck out, but Pilots catcher Ray committed a passed ball and allowed Pollack to reach.

Welker then got wild, walking four, hitting one, committing a balk and throwing a wild pitch. The only hit in the fifth inning was a two-RBI single by Omar Padilla, but due to Welker’s wildness the Oilers had the game tied at 5 after the fifth.

Oilers pitching then took control of the game.

Heines gave up just one hit in the final three innings he pitched to pick up the win. Taylor Bills gave up one hit but struck out three in the ninth to record the save.

After Saddoris’ three walks got him in trouble, Heines walked just one, while Bills did not walk a batter.

The winning rally came in the seventh inning, when the Oilers collected three of their eight base hits. Brian Van Kirk and Matt Clark started the inning with singles off reliever and loser Michael Allredge. The pair scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hagstrom and a single by Rocky Laguna.

“We feel great right now,” Heines (4-0) said after the game as he dished out birthday cake to players and fans. “Our bullpen is set up nice and we have a deep pitching staff.

“It basically comes down to clutch hitting. If we get clutch hits, we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Oilers start a seven-game road trip today when they play the Anchorage Bucs at 7 p.m.

Oilers 7, Pilots 5

Pilots AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Musolf rf 4 2 0 0 Nelson cf 4 2 3 0

Waters 2b 5 1 2 0 Padilla ss 5 1 1 2

D’Arnaud 3b 4 1 1 1 VanKirk rf 4 0 1 0

Ray c 2 0 1 1 Clark 1b 4 1 1 0

McGraw dh 3 1 1 0 Opdyke c 3 1 0 1

Allman lf 4 0 1 1 Hagstrom 3b 2 0 0 2

Williams cf 4 0 0 0 Laguna lf 4 0 1 1

Lasater 1b 4 0 0 0 Pollack dh 4 1 0 0

Rohlmeir ss 4 0 1 0 Yount 2b 3 1 1 0

Totals 34 5 6 3 Totals 33 7 8 6

Anchorage 200 120 000 —5

Peninsula 100 040 20X —7

E — Padilla. LOB — Pilots 6, Oilers 8. 2B — Ray, Nelson 2. 3B — Allman. SB — Waters 3, Musolf, Rohlmeir, Yount. CS —

Waters. SF — Hagstrom.

IP H R ER BB SO

Pilots

Welker 4 2-3 3 5 2 4 5

Alldredge, L 2 4 2 2 0 0

Hill 1-3 0 0 0 0 1

Williamson 1 1 0 0 0 0

Oilers

Saddoris 4 1-3 3 4 3 3 6

Heines, W 3 2-3 3 1 1 1 1

Bills, S 1 1 0 0 0 3

WP — Welker 2, Hill, Saddoris. HBP — by Welker (Opdyke). PB — Ray 2. BK — Welker.



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