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Oilers knocked around by Pilots

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2002

The Peninsula Oilers were knocked around in their own yard Monday, dropping an Alaska Baseball League game 7-2 to the league-leading Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

The Oilers entered the game trailing the Glacier Pilots by four games in the ABL standings, but saw that gap swell to five games with just 10 games left in league play.

The Oilers will face the Glacier Pilots three more times to end their final homestand of the season. Tonight's game is slated for 7 p.m.

On Monday, Oilers starting pitcher A.J. Shappi worked out of several early jams, but the Glacier Pilots struck for four runs in the top of the third inning, with the biggest pain inflicted on a three-run triple to left by Drew Anderson. Greg Dini hit and RBI single to score Anderson.

The Oilers were able to scratch out a run in the bottom of the third inning when Brian Wahlbrink singled with one out and advanced to third on a double by Preston Griffin. Wahlbrink then scored on a Glacier Pilots error.

The Oilers gave the run back in the top of the sixth, though, when Bryan Zech reached on a third strike in the dirt, advanced on a groundout and a single and scored when a pickoff throw from catcher Blake Jones sailed into left field.

The Glacier Pilots padded their lead with runs in the eighth and ninth innings.

The Oilers were able to add one run in the bottom of the ninth. Rusty Beale lead off the frame with a pinch hit single, and Adrian Schau followed with a single, advancing Beale to third. Mike Cox plated Beale with a single, but the Glacier Pilots turned a double play and reliever Kevin Lynch got a fly ball to end the ballgame.

Ryan Mentkowski earned the win for the Glacier Pilots, allowing two unearned runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking one.

Shappi went six innings for the Oilers, allowing five runs, four of them earned, on nine hits while striking out seven and walking two.

Mike Davern mad a relief appearance for the Oilers, allowing one run on two hits, walking one and striking out one. Paul Janish saw his first pitching action of the season, getting one inning of work and allowing a run on three hits and striking out one.

Griffin finished the game with two hits for the Oilers, as did right fielder Daniel Underwood, who also stole a base.

Monday

GLACIER PILOTS 7, OILERS 2

Pilots AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Nicholson 3b 5 0 0 0 Wahlbrink cf 4 1 1 0

Ortega ss 5 1 2 0 Griffin 2b 3 0 2 0

Caple cf 4 1 1 0 Schtznhofr 1b 4 0 0 0

Pratt 1b 5 1 2 0 Kolkhorst lf 3 0 0 0

Anderson lf 4 2 3 3 Cox 3b 4 0 1 1

Bigley dh 4 0 1 0 Underwood rf 3 0 2 0

Dini c 4 1 2 1 Jones c 2 0 0 0

Blumenthal rf 5 0 1 1 Janish ss 4 0 0 0

Heether 3b 0 0 0 0 Schau lf 1 0 1 0

Grant ph 1 0 0 0 Schoenbergr c 1 0 0 0

--- - - - - Beale ss 1 1 1 0

--- - - - - Zobeck ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 41 7 14 6 Totals 34 2 8 1

Anchorage 004 001 011 -- 7

Peninsula 001 000 001 -- 2

E -- Pratt 2, Zech, Anderson, Jones. DP -- Pilots 2. LOB -- Pilots 11, Oilers 7. 2B -- Blumenthal, Caple, Griffin. 3B -- Anderson. SB -- Ortega, Underwood. S -- Zech.

IP H R ER BB SO

Pilots

Mentkowski, W 8 2-3 8 2 0 1 2

Lynch 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

Oilers

Shappi, L 6 9 5 4 2 7

Davern 2 2 1 1 1 1

Janish 1 3 1 1 0 1

HBP -- by Mentkowski (Griffin). WP -- Shappi. T -- 2:40.



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