Oilers, Bucs play to rare baseball tie

Posted: Monday, August 03, 2009

There may be not crying in baseball, but apparently there is tying in baseball.

The Peninsula Oilers and the Anchorage Bucs played to a 2-all tie on Sunday in the Alaska Baseball League/Major League Baseball Showcase at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Since the game was an exhibition designed to get scouts a look at players, and since there were two games to follow, showcase rules state that the game can end in a tie.

The Oilers play their last game of the season today against the league champion Mat-Su Miners at 4 p.m. in the showcase. The game can be heard on 1140 AM.

The tie rule created the odd situation of Nick Loredo trying to lock down the tie in the bottom of the ninth. Loredo started the inning by walking Brian McConkey. Michael Hur then moved McConkey to second with a ground-out. Coley Crank walked before Eddie Young hit a fielder's choice grounder to put runners on first and third with two outs.

Loredo ended the game by getting Zach Vincej to ground out.

The Oilers struck first in the game in the top of the fourth inning. Bucs starter Erik Miller had held the Oilers scoreless on two hits over the first three innings, but Peninsula immediately got to work on Bucs reliever Mark Joukoff. Michael Miller, who had two of the Oilers' five hits, led off with a single, then stole second. After Mark Tracy was retired on a soft liner to second, Jonathan Kaskow doubled to score Miller.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Bucs immediately battled back against Oilers starter Scott Snodgress. Bryn Henderson led off with a hit and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. After a strikeout, McConkey had a clutch single to score Henderson.

Snodgress pitched four innings and gave up one run on three hits while striking out four.

Chad Smith came on for Snodgress in the fifth and was rudely greeted by Crank. After a nine-pitch at-bat, Crank finally induced Smith to throw him a belt-high fastball. Crank deposited the pitch over the left-field fence. Smith would pitched three innings and give up one run on two hits while striking out two.

Joukoff pitched two innings for the Bucs, giving up a run on two hits, before giving way to Bartlett graduate Colin Cloud in the sixth.

Cloud ran into trouble in the top of the seventh, when Kaskow started the inning with a walk. After a strikeout, Ryan Fisher moved Kaskow to second with a single. Glen Johnson then walked to load the bases. Marty Mullins hit a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game at 2.

Henderson and Kevin Jacob both pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the tie for Anchorage, while Loredo kept the slate clean in the eighth and ninth innings for Peninsula.

Garry Kuykendall had the other hit for the Oilers, leading off the game with a bunt single before getting caught stealing. That proved crucial when Miller followed with a double.

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