Oilers drop close one to Panners

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2002

The Peninsula Oilers suffered their fifth straight loss Saturday, dropping their series opener 5-4 to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in Alaska Baseball League play at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

The Oilers trailed 3-0 after six innings, giving up a run in the fourth on a hit and an error, then plating two in the fifth on two hits and an error.

The Oilers came back with four runs in the seventh inning, though. Jerrod Brown led off with a double. Chris Kolkhorst was hit by a pitch. Preston Griffin's fly ball advanced the runners to second and third, and after Brown scored on a wild pitch, Brian Wahlbrink singled to score Kolkhorst.

Paul Janish followed with a base on balls and Paul Richie connected for a single to drive in Wahlbrink. Richie then stole second, giving Janish the opportunity to steal home.

The Goldpanners regained their lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, though, taking advantage of two hits and two errors.

The Oilers were able to get the tying run as far as third base in the top of the ninth, and had the bases loaded with one out, but Goldpanners reliever Ryan Schroyer recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the ballgame.

Mike Davern, the Oilers fifth pitcher of the ballgame, took the loss, allowing a run on one hit and one walk in 1-3 inning pitched. Jake Postlewait started the ballgame and was followed by Stephen Copeland, Noel Clark, Adrian Schau and Davern.

Zak Basch picked up the win for the Goldpanners.

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