Peninsula sews up NBC trip

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2000

Andrew Perkins returned to the Peninsula Oilers starting rotation and pitched five solid innings in the Oilers 10-5 win over the Island Movers at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu Thursday.

Perkins allowed four hits, giving up two runs while walking four and striking out one for the win.

With the win, the Oilers improve to an Alaska Baseball League-leading 17-7, assuring themselves of a at least a second-place finish in the league and a return trip to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

The Oilers got on the board in the third inning with four runs on five hits, including a leadoff double by Michael Falco and RBI singles by Jackson Coleman and Luke Simmons.

Falco hit another double to plate a run in the fourth, and Hunter Brown singled and scored on a Joe Hietpas base hit in the fifth.

Brown doubled in a run and scored in the sixth, and the Oilers padded their lead with runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Danny Garcia, back in the leadoff spot in the Oilers lineup, went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

David Humen came on in relief of Perkins in the sixth inning, giving up two runs, one of them earned, on two hits. Humen walked three and struck out one.

Relief pitcher Frank Esposito had to work out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth after sandwiching a pair of walks around a single, but Esposito got a lazy fly ball to end the frame.

Brian Tarajack came on to finish the game, getting three quick outs to secure the win.

The Oilers play one more game in Hawaii, today at 6 p.m. ADT, before returning home.

The Oilers will finish the regular season with a four-game series against the Mat-Su Miners, the only team in the ABL with a chance of catching the Oilers.

Game one of the series starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

The Oilers are now 3-3 in their seven-game trip to Hawaii.

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