Brandon Dixon tossed six innings of one-run ball and the Peninsula Oilers recorded double-digit hits for the third consecutive game in blasting the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, 8-2, on Thursday night at Growden Memorial Park.
The Oilers, who had struggled offensively throughout the duration of Alaska Baseball League play before traveling to Fairbanks, have exploded in the first three games of the four-game set, pounding out a season-high 16 hits in an 11-3 win on Tuesday and then smacking 15 hits in a 12-4 win Wednesday.
Thursday was no different.
Second-place Peninsula (27-13 overall, 15-13 ABL) mustered 13 hits, four by Anthony Aliotti and three by Vince Belnome, in maintaining a 3 1/2 game ABL-deficit behind the first-place Anchorage Glacier Pilots, who topped the Mat-Su Miners, 6-5, on Thursday.
Dixon, who threw 74 pitches, cruised through his six innings, allowing just five hits with no walks and three strikeouts, recording 13 of his 18 outs on fly balls.
The Goldpanners, though, took their first lead of the series with one out in the first when Casey Stevenson was hit by Dixon and moved to second on a Nick Ciolli single. He and Ciolli then stole third and second, respectively, with catcher Kawika Emsley-Pai's throw to second base finding its way into the outfield, allowing Stevenson to walk home with for a 1-0 edge.
The Oilers promptly snatched the lead back in the second on two hits and a hit by pitch.
Aliotti opened the frame with a single and stole second. Following two strikeouts, Joey Mills was beaned and Tre Dennis knocked both runners in with a double, eventually getting thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
After a five-run sixth inning propelled the Oilers to victory on Wednesday, they continued their sixth-inning scoring on Thursday.
Belnome led off with a single, stole second and scored on a hit-and-run single by Kyle Mihaylo in making it 3-1. Another single by Aliotti loaded the bases and Emsley-Pai, who walked on nine pitches, came in with the fourth run on a groundout by Francis Larson.
They struck four more times in the seventh on three hits, a fielder's choice, an error, a wild pitch and a pair of passed balls.
Dennis singled and moved to second when P.J. Sequierra reached on an error by the pitcher. Following a groundout and a wild pitch, Emsley-Pai singled on reliever Ryan Robowski's 10th pitch of the at-bat, scoring Dennis from third for a 5-1 lead.
A passed ball allowed Sequierra to walk home with the sixth run and Emsley-Pai then scored from third on a grounder by Mihaylo, sliding home just ahead of the throw from shortstop Adam Gaylord.
Following a single by Aliotti, his third hit of the game, another passed ball moved the runners over and Larson knocked in his second run of the game and made it 8-1 on a groundout to second.
Oilers reliever Brandon Berl surrendered three hits and a run in two innings of work, an RBI double by Jeremy Gillan in the eighth cutting the deficit to 8-2.
But Justin Anderson, the third Oilers' pitcher, all of whom didn't issue a walk, closed the door on Peninsula's third straight win with a one-hit ninth.
The two teams conclude their four-game series at 7 p.m. today.
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