Bucs blow out Oilers

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2003

The Peninsula Oilers gave pitcher Ryan Weems a second chance to make a first impression with his new Anchorage Bucs teammates Friday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Weems overcame a slow start to pitch seven solid innings and pick up the Alaska Baseball League victory. The victory moved the Bucs to 10-12 in the ABL and dropped the Oilers to 8-12.

Weems, who attends Texas Christian University, flew up to join the Bucs Wednesday. Coach Jim Yanko has been having a hard time finding enough arms for a five-man rotation all year, so Weems was pressed right into service Friday night.

The pitcher did not impress early. In the first inning David Uribes, on his way to a 3-for-5 evening at the plate, clocked a home run to left field. Uribes' first home run of the year gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Travis Buck followed Uribes' dinger with a walk and then came around to score on a Josh Lex double.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Oilers were poised to add to the 2-0 lead when they loaded the bases with one out. However, Uribes flew out to shallow right field and Ben Fritz was cut down trying to score on the fly ball on a stellar throw from right fielder Matt Grooms.


Oilers player Joe Holland stretches out to make it safely to first base while Anchorage Bucs player Jerrod Lewis waits for the ball at the game Friday night in Kenai.

Photo by McNair Rivers

The game was never the same after that play.

"That was really big, it really helped out," Weems said. "The ump was really squeezing the zone, so I needed a pop fly or a double play to get out of that inning."

The Bucs immediately capitalized on the momentum generated by that play in the top of the third, when a two-out single by Matt Suzuki scored Alex Jamison and Joey Wilson to tie the game.

"It was really big to come back and tie up the game," Yanko said. "That completed the momentum swing.

"It was also important that we didn't let them come back and score. That's been our weak spot this year. When we've scored, we've let teams come right back and score."

Weems assured that wouldn't happen. After the second inning, he retired 14 of the 17 batters he faced before leaving after the seventh inning.

"I just got in a rhythm," Weems said. "I started mixing up speeds and throwing strikes."

Meanwhile, Oilers starter and loser Tim Gorski was running into problems precisely because he could not throw strikes.

Gorski started the fifth inning by walking Jerrod Lewis, the No. 8 hitter. The walk came back to haunt Gorski as the Bucs went on to score four runs in the inning and chase Gorski.

To start the sixth, reliever Garrett Pennington walked Lewis again, and again Lewis scored for a 7-2 Anchorage lead.

"Our pitchers kept falling behind in the count," Oilers manager Kyle DiEduardo said. "When that happens, you've got to throw fastballs."

The Bucs took advantage of those fastballs for what Yanko said was one of their biggest offensive outputs of the season. Anchorage pounded out 14 hits, with six different players collecting RBIs and five different players scoring runs.

"It would have been a different game if we could have gotten something out of that bases-loaded situation in the second inning," DiEduardo said.



Bucs AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Wilson 2b 5 2 2 1 Holland 2b 4 0 1 0

Clevelnd ss 5 0 1 1 Uribes ss 5 1 3 1

Suzuki dh 5 1 2 2 Buck lf 4 2 0 0

Jacobitz lf 4 2 1 0 Lex dh 3 0 1 1

Grooms rf 5 0 2 2 Lewis 3b 3 0 0 0

Mehl cf 5 0 1 1 Bacon 3b 1 0 0 0

Thompson 3b 4 0 1 1 Bensko 1b 3 0 0 0

Lewis 1b 2 2 1 0 Zobeck 1b 0 0 0 0

Jamison c 3 1 3 0 Dahl rf 3 0 0 1

Fritz c 4 0 1 0

Frazee cf 1 0 0 0

Totals 38 8 14 8 Totals 31 3 6 3

Anchorage 002 041 100 8

Peninsula 200 000 010 3

E Rawlins. DP Anchorage 2, Peninsula 1. LOB Anchorage 7, Peninsula 9. 2B Suzuki, Lex, Fritz. HR Uribes. SB Wilson, Lewis, Jamison. CS Jamison, Holland. S Jamison.


Weeks, W 7 5 2 2 4 3

Rawlins 2-3 0 1 0 2 0

Weathers 1 1-3 1 0 0 1 0


Gorski 4 2-3 6 6 6 2 0

Pennington 1 1-3 3 1 1 1 1

Gawriluk 2 5 1 1 0 1

Coleman 1 0 0 0 0 0

HBP by Rawlins (Zobeck). WP Rawlins.

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