This time, Oilers top Panners on wild pitch

Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What goes around comes around.

After taking advantage of passed balls and wild pitches to win their last two Alaska Baseball League games, the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks lost 2-1 to the Peninsula Oilers on Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park when the Oilers scored in the ninth inning on a wild pitch.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Panners, who had defeated the Mat-Su Miners on Saturday by scoring on a pair of passed balls in the final inning. Alaska then topped the Oilers 3-2 on Sunday by scoring on a wild pitch in the ninth inning.

The Oilers moved to 11-14 in the ABL and were 4 1-2 games behind the first-place Anchorage Glacier Pilots pending the result of the Pilots' Monday game against the Mat-Su Miners, which was not available at press time. The Panners are 12-13 and 3 1-2 games behind the Pilots.

Jonathan Kaskow, who has been on base in seven of his last nine plate appearances, started Peninsula's rally in the ninth inning when he was hit by an 0-2 fastball from Panners reliever Scott Greene, who had just entered in the ninth.

"It hit me right in the armpit and it didn't feel too good," Kaskow said in a radio interview on 1140 AM after the game.

Jake Johnson, who had the lone RBI for the Oilers, got down a key sacrifice bunt to move Kaskow to second. Greene then walked Marty Mullins before he was pulled in favor of Brandon Harmon, a player-coach for the Panners.

The Panners have been hurt by injuries lately, but have been able to keep winning because of things like clutch performances from player-coaches. Player-coach Bobby Davis played a key role in the Panners' victory on Sunday, but on Monday the Oilers were able to steal five bases with Davis behind the plate.

Dearth Parker greeted Harmon with a long fly ball to right field that was good enough to move Kaskow to third with two outs.

Facing Joe Kohan, Harmon then uncorked a wild pitch to allow Kaskow to scamper home.

Crosby Slaught got the start for the Oilers and pitched eight innings, allowing five hits and an earned run while walking one and striking out four. He threw 101 pitches.

Slaught's only rough patch came with the first two batters he faced. Raoul Torrez, who finished 3-for-4, started the game with a single, then Evan Simonitsch followed with a double to score Torrez.

Greg Davis was equally strong in the starting role for the Panners. He also went eight innings and gave up one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out eight.

The Oilers tied up the game in the bottom of the sixth off Davis when Chris Ellison singled, stole second and third, then scored on a ground-out by Johnson.

Tom Briner pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win for the Oilers.

The Oilers and the Panners play the third game of their four-game series tonight and Seymour Park at 7 p.m.

Oilers 2, Panners 1

Panners AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Torrz ss 4 1 3 0 Millr cf 4 0 1 0

Smnth cf 4 0 1 1 Mullns c 2 0 1 0

Pollk 1b 4 0 1 0 Ellisn rf 4 1 1 0

Schfr 2b 4 0 0 0 Willsn lf 4 0 0 0

Gowns rf 4 0 1 0 Kaskw 1b 2 1 1 0

McItre lf 3 0 0 0 Johnsn dh 4 0 0 1

JRod dh 3 0 0 0 Parkr ss 4 0 0 0

Davis c 2 0 0 0 Bshyd 2b 4 0 1 0

Medina 3b 3 0 0 0 Kohan 3b 3 0 0 0

Totals 31 1 6 1 Totals 31 2 5 1

Alaska 100 000 000 --1

Peninsula 000 001 001 --2

E -- Torrez, Parker. DP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Panners 4, Oilers 7. 2B -- Simonitsch. 3B -- Mullins. SB -- Miller 2, Ellison 2, Kaskow. S -- Mullins, Johnson.



Davis 8 5 1 1 1 8

Greene, L 1-3 0 1 1 1 0

Harmon 1-3 0 0 0 0 0


Slaught 8 5 1 1 1 4

Briner, W 1 1 0 0 0 1

WP -- Harmon. HBP -- by Greene (Kaskow).

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