Oilers are winning, but so are Miners

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010

Anything the Peninsula Oilers can do, the Mat-Su Miners can do better.

And that's impressive, because the Oilers are doing a lot of things extremely well right now. On Saturday, three Oilers pitchers combined to shut the Anchorage Bucs out on four hits in a 4-0 victory at the ABL/MLB Scout Showcase at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. It was the seventh victory in eight games for the Oilers.

Such a streak has gotten the Oilers nowhere in the Alaska Baseball League standings. That's because on

On Saturday, the Miners defeated Athletes in Action 8-0 behind a no-hitter from Scott Sitz. Mat-Su has now won 11 straight games and leads the ABL at 23-7, while the Oilers are 2 1-2 games back at 23-12. It was the second no-hitter for the Miners this year. Three Mat-Su pitchers combined to no-hit the Oilers for 13 innings in a victory earlier this year.

The Oilers and Miners will play today at noon at Mulcahy in the final day of the showcase.

On Saturday, Kellen Moen, Mike Wolford and Josh Corrales combined for the shutout. Moen pitched six innings and gave up two hits while striking out six. Wolford gave up one hit in two innings and struck out two. Corrales gave up one hit in one inning.

The Oilers got all the offense they would need in the first inning. Tyler Grimes led off with a single and stole second. Stephen Piscotty singled to score Grimes, then stole second. Piscotty scored on a single by Garrett Wittels.

In the fourth inning, the Oilers made it 4-0 when Patrick Wisdom singled and stole second, then Davis page came through with a two-out single.

In the seventh, Piscotty walked, then went to third on a double by Ryan Hege. After Wittels walked, Wisdom drove in Piscotty. Page was 2-for-3, while Piscotty was 2-for-4.

The Oilers defeated the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 4-3 on Friday at Mulcahy Stadium.

Peninsula took its first lead of the game by scoring three runs in the fifth. Piscotty brought Grimes home with a sacrifice fly, Ryan Gebhart scored on an error and Wittels' RBI single scored Hege for a 4-2 lead.

After a leadoff double, Anchorage's Trent Garrison scored on an RBI single by Clay Cederquist to make it a one-run game in the bottom of the ninth. But closer Jorge Marban struck out Jimmie Pharr and got Tim Maitland to fly out to end the game and earn the save.

Anchorage took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Trevor Hairgrove recorded an RBI with two runners on base and Garrison knocked in a run with an RBI single for the Pilots.

Hege, the only Oiler to have a multihit game, drove in Gebhart with an RBI single in the top of the third inning to cut the score to 2-1. Hege finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Gebhart was 1-for-3, scored twice and stole two bases.

Starter Eddie Orozco yielded three hits and two runs through six innings of work. He was credited with the win. Relievers Taylor Garrison and Chad Smith gave up a combined one hit and one walk through two innings.

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