The Peninsula Oilers dropped the opening game of a three-game series with the AIA Alaska Fire by a score of 8-2 Wednesday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.
Game two of the series is today at 7 p.m.
The Oilers gave up a pair of runs in the second inning and one more in the fourth before getting on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning.
Omar Padilla reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on a throwing error. After a walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases, Rocky Laguna hit a pinch-hit, sacrifice fly to drive in a run.
The Fire added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Oilers came back with a run in the top of the seventh as Chris Nelson hit an RBI double, but the Peninsula squad couldn’t push another run across and the Fire added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Todd Jeffress picked up the win for the Fire, going six innings. Payton Tweddale pitched the final two innings for the Fire.
Ryan Tatusko took the loss for the Oilers, giving up three runs, two of them earned, on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four innings of work.
Ricky Heines, Jordan Meaker and Kevin Matsumoto also pitched in the game.
The Oilers loss, coupled with the Anchorage Bucs’ 6-1 win over the Mat-Su Miners Wednesday, tightens up the race in the Alaska Baseball League.
The Miners remain 1/2 game ahead of the Oilers with a 13-8 league mark. The Oilers are now 12-8 in the ABL, and the Bucs, 12-9, are one game behind the Miners.
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