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Oilers earn split

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009

After Wednesday's game was postponed due to smoke in the air from area wildfires, the visiting Peninsula Oilers split a doubleheader with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Thursday at Growden Memorial Park.

The Panners snapped a 1-all tie in the bottom of the sixth in capturing a 2-1, seven-inning win in the opener of the twin-bill.

Behind nine hits and five stolen bases, though, the Oilers stormed back in the second game for a 2-0 win in seven innings.

The split leaves Peninsula at 14-21 on the Alaska Baseball League season, while the Panners are now 16-19.

In the first game, Raoul Torrez -- who went 2-for-3 -- led off the sixth with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored the eventual game-winner on a double by Ryan McIntyre, who drove in both runs.

Peninsula starter Cody Kendall surrendered a run in the first on consecutive singles, a wild pitch and ground out, but settled down thereafter.

He allowed only two hits and a walk between the second and fifth innings in keeping the Oilers in the game in the notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark.

The Oilers cashed in on that opportunity in the top half of the sixth.

However, they could have had more.

Garry Kuykendall tripled to begin the inning but was thrown out by left fielder McIntyre trying to tag from third.

Mark Tracy followed with a double, pinch-runner Shayne Willson moved to third on a Chris Ellison single and then tied the game on a passed ball.

Kendall surrendered just six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Panners starter Jesse Meaux allowed the one unearned run on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

Kyle Brule picked up the win after recording the final out of the sixth, a strikeout by Jonathan Kaskow, and then hitting a batter before finishing off the seventh.

In the second game, Oilers starter Scott Snodgress worked himself out of an early jam and experienced little trouble after that.

After retiring the side in the first, the left-hander gave up a two-out single to Brennan Gowens, one of only two hits off Snodgress on the game, both by Gowens. Consecutive walks loaded the bases but Snodgress induced a pop-out to right to escape unharmed.

The Oilers left two runners in scoring position in the third and nearly took the lead in the fourth.

Tracy, who singled and stole second, tried to score on a single by Glen Johnson but was thrown out at home by center fielder Evan Simonitsch.

It didn't take long for the designated hitter to redeem himself, though.

With no outs in the sixth and Kuykendall on third after walking and advancing two bases on a single by Ellison, Tracy drove him in with his second hit of the game in giving the Oilers the lead.

Following a successful double steal, Glen Johnson plated Ellison with a single down the right-field line for a 2-0 edge.

Snodgress made the lead stand up, finishing his strong outing after six impressive innings, during which he fanned eight and walked two.

Josh Corrales then earned his ninth save of the summer with a scoreless seventh.

Alaska hurler Greg Davis took the loss after allowing both runs on nine hits and two walks over six-plus innings, departing after allowing a hit and walking a batter to begin the seventh.

The two teams square off in another doubleheader today, the first game slated to start at 5 p.m. and the second roughly 30 minutes after the first contest ends.

Thursday

Goldpanners 2, Oilers 1, 7 inn., Game 1

Oilers AB R H BI Goldpanners AB R H BI

Kykndl cf 3 0 1 0 Trrz ss 3 2 2 0

Mllr lf 3 0 0 0 Smntsch cf 2 0 2 0

Tracy dh 2 0 1 0 McIntre lf 3 0 1 2

Wllsn pr 0 1 0 0 Pllk 1b 2 0 0 0

Ellsn rf 3 0 1 0 Schfr 2b 3 0 0 0

Kskw 1b 3 0 2 0 Gwns rf 2 0 1 0

G.Jhnsn 3b 2 0 0 0 Rdrgz dh 2 0 0 0

Ja.Jhnsn c 3 0 0 0 Davis c 2 0 0 0

Bsyhd 2b 3 0 0 0 Mdna 3b 2 0 0 0

Prkr ss 2 0 0 0 -------- -- -- -- --

Totals 24 1 5 0 Totals 21 2 6 2

Peninsula 000 001 0 --1

Alaska 100 001 x --2

E -- Davis. LOB -- Oilers 4, Goldpanners 4. 2B -- Simonitsch, Tracy, McIntyre. 3B -- Kuykendall. S -- Simonitsch. SB -- J. Johnson. CS -- Gowens, G. Johnson.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Kendall, L 5 1/3 6 2 2 2 3

Willson 2/3 0 0 0 0 1

Goldpanners

Meaux 5 2/3 5 1 0 1 7

Brule, W 1 1/3 0 0 0 0 1

WP -- Meaux, Kendall. PB -- Davis.

Thursday

Oilers 2, Goldpanners 0, 7 inn., Game 2

Oilers AB R H BI Miners AB R H BI

Kykndl cf 2 1 1 0 Trrz ss 3 0 0 0

Ellsn rf 4 1 1 0 Smntsch cf 3 0 0 0

Tracy dh 3 0 2 1 McIntre lf 3 0 0 0

Wllsn lf 3 0 0 0 Pllk 1b 3 0 0 0

Kskw 1b 3 0 0 0 Schfr 2b 3 0 1 0

G.Jhnsn 3b 3 0 2 1 Gwns rf 3 0 2 0

Ja.Jhnsn c 3 0 1 0 Rdrgz c 2 0 0 0

Bsyhd 2b 2 0 1 0 Mrtn dh 2 0 0 0

Prkr ss 3 0 1 0 Mdna 3b 2 0 0 0

Totals 26 2 9 2 Totals 24 0 3 0

Peninsula 000 002 0 --2

Alaska 000 000 0 --0

E -- Bushyhead. DP -- Goldpanners 1. LOB -- Oilers 6, Goldpanners 6. S -- Bushyhead. SB -- Gowens, Tracy, Kuykendall, Ellison, Tracy, Parker. CS -- Bushyhead.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Snodgress, W 6 2 0 0 2 8

Corrales, S 1 1 0 0 0 2

Goldpanners

Davis, L 6+ 9 2 2 2 8

Green 1 0 0 0 0 0

Davis faced two batters in the seventh.



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