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Oilers nipped at Wood Bat Invite

Bucs win on solo home run

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2000

The Peninsula Oilers took one on the chin in their opening game of the Anchorage Bucs Wood Bat Invitational, dropping a 1-0 decision to the host team Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

The Bucs were able to scratch for just one run off of Oilers starting pitcher Ryan Prahm, but Mario Garza's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be enough for the Bucs in the seven-inning affair.

Prahm had an excellent outing, giving up just two hits to the Bucs, striking out seven and walking one.

The Oilers defense played well behind Prahm, turning a double play and cutting down a run at the plate in the sixth inning.

The Oilers did not commit an error.

While the Oilers played to form in the field, the Peninsula batters could not make the most of their opportunities against Bucs starter Chris Bradshaw.

Bradshaw give up just three hits to the Oilers -- a double and an infield single to Danny Garcia and a bunt single to Jeremy Reed -- while striking out five and walking three.

Garcia led off the third inning with his double and advanced to third on a ground out to second by Reed, but was stranded there.

The Oilers threatened to tie up the game in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with one out.

Garcia and Reed hit back-to-back singles to open the inning, and after a sacrifice bunt to move them to second and third by Luke Simmons, Hunter Brown drew a walk to load the bases.

Jeff Jones, returning to the lineup after a long stint on the injured list, made solid contact at the plate, but his hard grounder was right at the Bucs third baseman, who fielded the ball, stepped on third for the force out there and threw over to first to get Jones and end the threat.

The Oilers got a one-out baserunner in the seventh when Randall Shelley drew a walk. Jackson Coleman was inserted as a pinch runner, but the Oilers were unable to move him along.

The Oilers have four games remaining in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Peninsula plays the Anchorage Glacier Pilots today at 11 a.m. (920 AM), and will play two games on Saturday. Game one, against the Mat-Su Miners, will start at 11:30 a.m., and game two, against the Bay Area All-Stars, is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

Thursday

BUCS 1, OILERS 0

Oilers ab r h bi Bucs ab r h bi

Garcia 2b 3 0 2 0 O'Riordan 2b 3 0 0 0

Reed cf 3 0 1 0 Topham 3b 2 0 0 0

Simmons lf 2 0 0 0 Blankenship rf 3 0 0 0

Brown ss 2 0 0 0 Stephenson cf 2 0 1 0

Jones dh 2 0 0 0 Zacuto 1b 2 0 0 0

McCabe 3b 3 0 0 0 Garza c 1 1 1 1

Shelley rf 2 0 0 0 Walker dh 2 0 0 0

Carlson 1b 3 0 0 0 Abrams lf 2 0 0 0

Hietpas c 2 0 0 0 Robinson ss 2 0 0 0

Coleman pr 0 0 0 0 --- - - - -

Kaye ph 1 0 0 0 --- - - - -

Totals 23 0 3 0 Totals 19 1 2 1

Peninsula 000 000 0 -- 0

Anchorage 000 010 x -- 1

E -- Stephenson, O'Riordan. DP -- Oilers 1, Bucs 2. LOB -- Oilers 6, Bucs 2. 2B -- Garcia, Stephenson. HR -- Garza. S -- Simmons.

IP H R ER BB SO

Oilers

Prahm, L 6 2 1 1 1 7

Bradshaw, W 7 3 0 0 3 5

HBP -- by Prahm (O'Riordan, Topham). WP -- Prahm. Umpires -- Plate, Barman; Field, Norman.



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