Oilers beat Pilots, gain on ABL leaders

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Peninsula Oilers notched their sixth consecutive victory with a 9-6, come-from-behind win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Wednesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Oilers improve to 21-11 in the Alaska Baseball League. The Pilots fall to 8-23.

The Oilers, finally, were able to make some headway in the ABL as the Goldpanners were swept by the Anchorage Bucs in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The sweep snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Panners, who are now 21-8 and tied for first in the ABL.

The Mat-Su Miners forged that tie by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to top Athletes in Action and improve to 20-7 and with their eighth straight. The Oilers are 1 1-2 games out of first.

The Pilots were in control of the game until the bottom of the fifth inning. Down 3-0, Peninsula scored six runs on six hits to take a 6-3 lead.

Three consecutive singles loaded the bases for Peninsula with one out. Sean Madigan brought Nathan Theunissen home with a bunt. He reached first base safely to keep the bases juiced. Tyler Grimes then ripped a double to center field to score all three Oilers and give his team a 4-3 lead.

"I was just thinking fastball," Grimes said. "Then, he hung a slider. I got a good swing on it and luckily it traveled for me."

"That inning got us going," Grimes added.

Peninsula didn't come out with enough energy, said Oilers manager Dennis Machado.

"Those guys came ready to play," he said of the Pilots. "You got to show up and you got to battle, and we started to do that in the fifth."

An RBI single by Ryan Gebhart and a throwing error on Pilots catcher Jimmie Pharr added two more runs for the Oilers in the fifth.

The Oilers loaded the bases again in the bottom of the eighth inning with one out. Madigan brought in a run with an RBI single. Then Grimes recorded his fourth RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly to center field. Joe Kohan, who was on third base, added another run when he and Madigan, positioned at first, pulled off a double steal. Peninsula led 9-4 after eight innings.

Machado said reliever Mike Wolford, who gave up just one hit and no runs through 2 2-3 innings, enabled the Oilers to get back into the game.

"He came in and held them there," he said. "It was a great job by him."

Anchorage got a run back in the eighth inning. Adam Landecker brought home Tim Maitland, who led off with a standup triple. The Pilots added two more runs in the ninth.

The Pilots jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the fifth inning. Anchorage had a chance to add to its lead when it loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. But Wolford forced a pop-out and fly-out to end the inning and strand three Pilots.

A standup triple by O'Koyea Dickson scored Landecker for the game's first run. The Pilots took a 2-0 lead when Trevor Hairgrove's ground-out brought O'Koyea home.

The Oilers travel to the Bucs tonight at 7 p.m.

Oilers notes: John Wall, who played for Kentucky last season and was the top pick in the NBA Draft, beat out Garrett Wittels for Best Male College Athlete on Wednesday at the ESPYs at Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Along with Wittels and Wall, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Ohio State basketball star Evan Turner and Wisconsin hockey player Blake Geoffrion were nominated for the award. Wittels attended the awards ceremony.

Wittels, an All-American infielder at Florida International University, is on a 56-game hitting streak, second all-time in Division I baseball. He will have a chance to continue the streak in the 2011 season.

Oilers 9, Pilots 6

Pilots AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Maitlnd cf 5 1 1 0 Grimes ss 4 1 1 4

Lndcker ss 4 1 0 1 Gebhart cf 4 1 1 1

Dickson lf 3 2 2 1 Psctty dh 4 0 0 0

Hrgrove rf 5 0 1 1 Wisdm 3b 4 0 0 0

Garrison dh 5 0 1 0 Hege c 2 0 0 0

Cdrquist 1b 5 1 3 1 Tnnison 1b 3 2 2 0

Mahoney 2b 4 0 1 0 Miller 2b 3 1 1 0

Ortiz 3b 3 1 2 1 Kohan lf 2 2 1 0

Pharr c 5 0 0 0 Mdigan rf 4 1 3 2

---- -- -- -- -- Page 1 1 1 0

---- -- -- -- -- Chrls 1 0 0 0

Totals 39 6 11 5 Totals 32 9 10 7

Anchorage 002 010 012 -- 6

Peninsula 000 060 03x -- 9

E -- Frank, Rutledge, Pharr. DP -- Pilots 0; Oilers 0. LOB -- Pilots 12, Oilers 6. 2B -- Hairgrove, Page, Grimes. 3B -- Dickson, Maitland, Ortiz. SF -- Grimes. SB -- Cederquist, Grimes, Kohan, Madigan. CS -- Theunissen.

IP H R ER BB SO

Pilots

Frank 4 1-3 6 5 5 0 2

Rutledge 2 2-3 1 1 0 2 3

Kemp 1 2 3 3 3 0

Oilers

Kendall 4 1-3 7 3 3 2 1

Wolford 2 2-3 1 0 0 3 4

Corrales 1 1 1 1 0 1

Marban 1 2 2 1 0 2

HBP -- by Rutledge (Kohan).



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