Oilers can't get to Pilots

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Not even a rare triple play could turn the luck of the Peninsula Oilers.

The Oilers went around the horn, third base to second to first, to turn a triple play in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday, but the Anchorage Glacier Pilots came out on top, defeating the Oilers 4-3 in an Alaska Baseball League game at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The Oilers will continue their series with the Glacier Pilots tonight at 7 at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The Oilers will conclude the season series with the Glacier Pilots Thursday, their final home game of the season. Game time also is 7 p.m.

The loss drops the Oilers to 11-15 in ABL play and 14-21 overall. The Oilers have nine games left on their ABL schedule and now trail the league-leading Glacier Pilots (18-10 in the ABL) by six games in the standings.

The Oilers plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Daniel Underwood singled, advanced on a single by Paul Janish and scored when Chris Graziano hit into a fielder's choice.

Anchorage took its first lead in the top of the third inning with a pair of runs on two hits and an Oilers error. Haas Pratt had an RBI double in the frame.

The Oilers tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Preston Griffin hit a one-out single and advanced when Andy Schutzenhofer reached on an error. Jerrod Brown and Janish then drew back to back walks to force in a run.

The Oilers took their first lead of the game an inning later. Paul Richie drew a leadoff walk, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Rusty Beale and a single by Brian Wahlbrink and scored on a single by Schutzenhofer.

The Glacier Pilots regained the lead with two runs in the top of the eighth, though, taking advantage of two Oilers errors.

The Oilers stranded runners at second and third in the bottom of the eighth, but did not put a runner on in the ninth.

Oilers reliever Tim Gorski was saddled with the loss, allowing a pair of unearned runs and one hit while walking one and striking out one in 2 1-3 innings of work. Oilers starter Oscar Serrato allowed two runs, neither of them earned, on three hits in five innings of work, striking out two and walking three.

Adrian Schau pitched the final 1 2-3 innings, striking out one and giving up two hits.

Tuesday

GLACIER PILOTS 4, OILERS 3

Pilots AB R H BI Oilers AB R H BI

Nicholson rf 5 2 2 0 Wahlbrink cf 5 0 1 0

Ortega ss 0 1 0 0 Griffin 2b 4 1 1 0

Anderson lf 3 1 0 0 Schutznhfr 1b 4 0 1 1

Pratt 1b 3 0 2 2 Underwood rf 4 1 1 0

Heether 3b 3 0 0 0 Brown dh 3 0 0 0

Bigley dh 4 0 0 0 Janish 3b 2 0 1 1

Zech 2b 4 0 0 0 Graziano lf 3 0 0 1

Grant c 4 0 1 0 Richie c 2 1 0 0

Blumenthal rf 4 0 1 0 Beale ss 3 0 0 0

--- - - - - Kolkhorst ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 30 4 6 2 Totals 31 3 5 3

Anchorage 002 000 020 -- 4

Peninsula 010 001 100 -- 3

E -- Ortega, Richie 2, Schutzenhofer. DP -- Pilots 2. TP -- Oilers 1. LOB -- Pilots 6, Oilers 9. 2B -- Pratt. SB -- Anderson, Nicholson. S -- Ortega, Beale.

IP H R ER BB SO

Pilots

Purcey 6 3 3 3 6 7

Ashabraner, W 3 2 0 0 1 4

Oilers

Serrato 5 3 2 0 3 2

Gorski, L 2 1-3 1 2 0 1 1

Schau 1 2-3 2 0 0 0 1

HBP -- by Serrato (Ortega, Heether). PB -- Richie. T -- 2:47.



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