The Peninsula Oilers saw a three-run lead disappear in the ninth inning, then lost 4-3 to the Mat-Su Miners in 11 innings in an Alaska Baseball League game at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer Wednesday.
The Oilers continue their nine-game road trip with a rematch against the Miners today at 7 p.m. at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer. The game will be broadcast on 1140 KSLD.
The Oilers, fighting to stay in the hunt for the ABL title and a chance to go to the National Baseball Congress World Series, are now 8-10 in ABL play, three games behind the second-place Miners (13-9).
The League-leading Anchorage Glacier Pilots, 14-8 heading into Wednesday, were locked in an extra-inning duel with Athletes in Action as the Clarion went to press.
In other ABL action, the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks (12-9) defeated the Anchorage Bucs (10-11) 4-3. The top two teams from the ABL qualify for the NBC tournament.
The Oilers led 3-0 entering the ninth inning, but the Miners scored three runs on three walks and two hits to send the game into extra innings.
The Oilers had a baserunner in the top of the 11th with one out when Mark Teahen reached on an error, but the scoring threat was erased by a Miners' double play.
Mat-Su then put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the 11th on a walk and a single. Jamie D'Antona recorded the first out of the inning, making a heads-up play on a popped-up bunt attempt from his defensive position at third base.
The Miners scored the go-ahead run, though, when the runners started moving on a pitch in the dirt.
Oilers catcher Matt Cunningham did well to block the pitch, but his throw down to third went into the outfield, allowing the Mat-Su runner to cross the plate.
The loss spoiled a superb start on the mound by James Dayley for the Peninsula Oilers. Dayley pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and three walks while striking out two.
The Oilers scored all three of their runs in the top of the fourth inning. Teahen led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Wilton Reynolds and scored on a double by Luke Simmons. D'Antona followed with a two-run home run.
Mike Mendez was stuck with the loss for the Oilers, throwing two innings and giving up three runs, two of them earned, on three hits and three walks. Mendez struck out one batter.
Jeremy White pitched 1 1-3 innings for the Oilers, giving up one run. Cordell Perkins was on the mound for the Oilers when the winning run scored.
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