The Peninsula Oilers had a number of mistakes that normally mean a loss in the Alaska Baseball League on Monday against the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
It's a sign of how well the Oilers are going right now that Peninsula was still able to register a 12-3 win the team's ninth in its last 10 games.
The victory vaults the Oilers to 12-11 in the Alaska Baseball League standings. The last time the Oilers were above .500 in the ABL was on June 27, when the squad stood at 3-2.
The third-place Oilers move to within five games of the first-place Mat-Su Miners and to within four games of the second-place Athletes in Action Fire. Both of those teams were idle Monday. Today, the Miners play the Fire in Fairbanks. Of Mat-Su's 14 remaining games, 12 will be contested on the road.
In the 12-run outburst for the Oilers, every player in the lineup contributed to the team's 13-hit total except for Jeremiah Mejia, and he managed to score a run and pick up a pair of RBIs.
The team's continued offensive resurgence helped to cover up normally costly mistakes.
The Bucs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with the rally starting when left fielder Robert Lundy dropped a routine pop fly.
In the third inning, starter Tyler Flemming, who gave up three runs in five innings and received a no decision, started the inning by walking Clay Calfee. Kyle Morgan hit a potential double-play ball back to Flemming, but all runners were safe when nobody covered second base. Flemming got out of the jam when catcher David Genao made an alert play to cut down Calfee at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt, and then the next two batters flied out and grounded out.
In the fifth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Flemming had Matt Lucchesi in an 0-2 hole when he threw a wild pitch to allow Kyle Morgan to score and tie the game at 3. Flemming then struck out Lucchesi on the next pitch.
In the seventh inning, when the Oilers had a 6-3 lead, reliever Carlos Luna, who picked up the victory, started the inning by throwing eight straight balls. Luna got out of the inning when he forced a ground out, then a double play.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the Oilers tied the game in the second when Mejia led off with a walk and scored on a triple by Juan Martinez. Martinez would score on a sacrifice fly by Genao.
The Oilers took their first lead of the game in the fourth thanks to first baseman Clay Calfee's second error of the game. With Adam Younger, who finished with two hits and three runs, on second and two outs, Genao hit a routine grounder to Calfee, who knocked it behind the second baseman and allowed Younger to come around to score.
The Oilers took the lead for good in the sixth inning due to the wildness of eventual loser Chu-Kuan Lee. The Oilers loaded the bases when Martinez was hit by a pitch, Younger singled and Lundy was hit by a pitch. Genao knocked in one run by grounding into a double play, then Toby Davis, who continued to emerge from a slump with a 2-for-4 day, had a two-out single to score Younger and give the Oilers a 6-3 lead.
While Peninsula relievers Luna, Matt Wade and Kevin Epperheimer held the Bucs hitless in the final four innings, the Oilers continued to tack on insurance runs. In the seventh, Kyle Melton scored on a sac fly by Mejia.
In the eighth, Genao singled to score Lundy. Nick Buss, who had three hits, brought home Davis and Michael Dabbs with a double. Buss then scored on a ground out by Mejia.
Lundy, who had two errors in the game, then finished the scoring with a two-run homer in the ninth. The blast was Lundy's third tater of the year.
The Oilers, who lost their first nine road games of the year, are now 4-0 on their current road trip. That trek continues tonight with a 7 p.m. game against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.
Oilers 12, Bucs 3
Oilers AB R H BI Bucs AB R H BI
Dabbs rf 6 1 2 0 Wetzel 2b 5 0 1 0
Melton 2b 4 2 1 0 Mendnca 3b 4 1 0 0
Buss cf 5 0 3 2 Jacobo ss 4 1 1 1
Mejia dh 3 1 0 2 Calfee 1b 3 0 1 0
Martinz 1b 4 2 1 1 Morgan dh 3 1 1 1
Younger ss 4 3 2 0 Ratliff lf 4 0 2 0
Lundy lf 2 2 1 2 Gayhart rf 3 0 0 0
Genao c 3 0 1 2 Lucchesi c 3 0 0 0
Davis 3b 4 1 2 1 Afenir ph 1 0 0 0
---- -- -- -- -- Schafer cf 4 0 1 0
Totals 35 12 13 10 Totals 34 3 7 2
Peninsula 020 102 142 12
Anchorage 200 010 000 3
E Lundy 2. DP Oilers 2, Bucs 1. LOB Oilers 8, Bucs 10. 2B Buss. 3B Martinez. HR Lundy. SB Younger, Buss. CS Buss, Melton, Wetzel. S Melton. SF Genao, Mejia.
IP H R ER BB SO
Flemming 5 7 3 2 3 2
Luna, W 2 0 0 0 2 1
Wade 1 0 0 0 0 0
Epperheimer 1 0 0 0 0 0
Reid 4 3 3 2 4 3
Chu-Kuan Lee, L 2 3 2 2 0 0
Carpenter 1 2 1 1 0 0
Belli 1 3 4 4 2 1
Birosak 1 2 2 2 1 1
WP Flemming, Carpenter 2. HBP by Flemming (Mendonca), by Lee (Lundy, Martinez).
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