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Oilers taste success away from home

Peninsula stops 10-game road losing streak with wins against Goldpanners, Glacier Pilots

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2007

Somehow, some way, the Peninsula Oilers continue to find ways to win.

Nick Buss is one of the main reasons.

Six days removed from his walk-off homer that concluded a 12-inning affair in Kenai, Buss came through again, this time hitting a game-winning, two-run inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday, propelling the Oilers to another thrilling 6-5 victory over the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The game was scheduled for seven innings.

The Oilers used that momentum to notch a 9-5 victory over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the second half of their doubleheader in the Alaska Baseball League Showcase at Mulcahy.

Following Friday's rainout of the opening game of the showcase, the Oilers pounded out nine hits against the Panners and 12 against the Pilots. The win against the Pilots was the Oilers' seventh win in their last eight games. The win against the Panners was the fourth straight time the Oilers won in their final at-bat.

It was the Oilers' first road wins of the season, snapping a 10-game losing streak, although in the Panners' game the Oilers were technically the home team on the scorecard. The Oilers improved to 10-11 in the ABL and 18-11 overall. With both the first-place Mat-Su Miners and Athletes in Action Fire set to play later Saturday, the Oilers were five games out of first place.

After squandering numerous opportunities through the first nine innings against the Panners — leaving a total of 13 men on base — the Oilers nearly lost the game in the top of the 10th.

Hiarali Garcia — who earned the win for the second straight game — hit Brent Wyatt with a pitch to begin the frame and surrendered a sacrifice bunt to Troy Hamilton, moving Wyatt to third with only one out.

Paul Martin then grounded to Garcia, who threw home despite Wyatt remaining on third, allowing Martin to reach safely.

Nick Ciolli scored Wyatt with a sacrifice fly to center field for a 5-4 lead.

Stranding seven runners between the sixth and ninth innings, the Oilers weren't about to waste another chance.

Michael Dabbs tripled to center with one out in the 10th and it appeared he, too, could be left on third when Ryan Wilkes struck out.

But Buss subsequently drove a ball past a diving Wyatt to the center field wall and motored around behind Dabbs with the winning run.

It almost didn't come to that, though, as the Oilers jumped in front 4-2 after five innings.

After falling behind by a run on a first-inning RBI triple by Wyatt, Peninsula stormed back in the second with a pair of runs on four walks and one hit batter.

It stayed that way until the third when Chris Tremblay doubled off Oilers starter Andre Lamontagne (five innings pitched, four hits, two runs) and scored on an RBI single by Wyatt.

But the Oilers added a run in the fourth when Adam Younger tripled to center and came home on an RBI base hit by Joe Patterson. They scored again in the fifth on singles by Jeremiah Mejia and Younger.

When Lamontagne departed after five, Joey Haug struggled in relief, surrendering a walk and a base hit and both runners scored when Paul Smyth allowed two singles and a fielder's choice.

Other than that, Smyth sparkled in relief, allowing only two more hits and a walk over the ensuing three innings while striking out two and keeping the Oilers alive for a comeback.

In the second game, the Oilers got to Pilots starter and loser Joe Bell for eight runs in just 4 1/3 innings. Bell walked six batters, and three of those walks came around to score.

Oilers starter and winner Mario Hollands was solid, giving up five hits and two unearned runs in five innings of work. The first unearned run came in the bottom of the first, when Bernard Williams scored on a passed ball to give the Pilots a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the second, the Oilers tied the game when Adam Younger scored on a single by Davie Genao. In the third, the Pilots grabbed the lead back when Aaron Burrows reached on an error and scored on a single by Todd Sebek.

Peninsula grabbed the lead for good in the fourth, when Robert Lundy, who finished 3-for-4, doubled to score Genao. Lundy then scored on a squeeze bunt by Kyle Melton.

The Oilers increased the lead to 8-2 in the fifth. Buss scored on an error, then Jeremiah Mejia and Juan Martinez scored on a double by Younger. Younger would score on a single by Lundy, and Genao would come home on a sacrifice fly by Michael Dabbs.

Oilers reliever Matt Wade pitched two scoreless innings before Chuck Rider ran into some trouble, yielding three runs in 2/3 innings. Carlos Luna came on to get Rider out of a jam and pitched the ninth for the save. The Oilers got an insurance run in the ninth when Martinez scored on a single by Melton.

Peninsula continues play at the showcase today against the Bucs at 7 p.m. in Anchorage.

Oilers 6, Goldpanners 5, Game 1, 10 inn.

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Tremblay ss 5 1 2 0 Dabbs rf 6 1 1 0

Valencia rf 3 2 0 0 Wilkes 1b 4 1 0 0

Wyatt cf 4 0 2 2 Buss cf 4 2 1 2

Bard 1b 3 0 1 0 Mejia lf 4 1 1 0

Vogel pr 0 1 0 0 Martinez dh 1 0 0 1

Hamilton ph 1 0 0 0 Davis 3b 3 0 0 1

Martin lf 5 0 2 0 Younger ss 4 1 2 1

Ciolli dh 4 0 0 2 Patterson c 3 0 2 1

Dempsey 3b 4 0 2 1 Lundy pr 0 0 0 0

Lum c 4 0 0 0 Genoa ph 2 0 0 0

Ashbrner 2b 3 0 0 0 Melton 2b 4 0 2 0

Totals 36 5 9 5 Totals 35 6 9 6

Alaska 101 002 000 1 — 5 9 1

Peninsula 200 110 000 2 — 6 9 0

E — Tremblay. DP — Panners 0, Oilers 0. LOB — Panners 7, Oilers 13. 2B — Tremblay, Melton. 3B — Wyatt, Younger, Dabbs. HR — Buss. SB — Valencia, Wyatt, Mejia. S — Melton, Davis, Hamilton. SF — Ciolli. CS — Dempsey.

IP H R ER BB SO

Goldpanners

Guerrero 4 3 3 3 5 4

Litzenberger 4 4 1 0 3 3

Schwarzenbach, L 1 2/3 2 1 1 1 2

Oilers

Lamontagne 5 4 2 2 1 3

Haug 1/3 1 2 2 1 0

Smyth 3 2/3 4 0 0 1 2

Garcia, W (2-0) 1 0 1 1 0 0

WP — Garcia. HBP — by Guerrero (Buss); by Litzenberger (Wilkes). BK — Guerrero.

Oilers 9, Glacier Pilots 5

Oilers AB R H BI Pilots AB R H BI

Dabbs dh 5 0 1 1 Williams cf 3 1 1 0

Wilkes 1b 2 0 1 0 DCox ss 5 0 1 0

Buss cf 3 1 0 0 Sebek rf 4 1 2 1

Mejia rf 4 1 0 0 Wagner 1b 5 1 1 0

Martnz 3b 5 2 2 0 Murphy 3b 3 0 2 1

Younger ss 5 2 2 2 Wynne ph 0 0 0 0

Genao c 4 2 2 1 Diaz 2b 5 1 2 0

Lundy lf 4 1 3 2 Whitmer c 4 0 1 1

Melton 2b 2 0 1 2 JCox lf 4 0 0 0

---- -- -- -- -- Barrows dh 4 1 1 1

Totals 34 9 12 8 Totals 37 5 11 4

Peninsula 010 250 001 —9

Anchorage 101 000 030 —5

E — Martinez, Wilkes, Diaz, Murphy. DP — Oilers 2, Pilots 2. LOB — Oilers 10, Pilots 10. 2B — Lundy, Younger. SB — Buss, Younger, Dabbs, Williams 2, Sebek. CS — Wilkes, Martinez. S — Wilkes, Melton. SF — Dabbs.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Hollands, W (2-1) 5 5 2 0 1 1

Wade 2 1 0 0 1 3

Rider 2-3 5 3 3 0 1

Luna, S (1) 1 1-3 0 0 0 2 0

Pilots

Bell, L (1-4) 4 1-3 8 8 6 6 0

Vicini 4 2-3 4 1 1 1 4

PB — Genao, Whitmer. HBP — by Hollands (Murphy), by Bell (Lundy), by Vicini (Melton). WP — Wade, Rider, Bell.



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