Friday: Big inning pushes Miners past Oilers

The Peninsula Oilers dropped a 5-2 decision to the Mat-Su Miners in Alaska Baseball League play Friday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

The Oilers (1-2 in the ABL) had a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but allowed five runs in that inning after two were out.

Peninsula went up 1-0 in the second inning when Brett Grupe, who finished 2 for 5, singled with one out, then stole second. Grupe would advance to third when Khadim Diaw was hit by a pitch, then score on a sacrifice fly by Michael Elko.

In the third, Ben Griffin, who finished 2 for 3, led off with a double, moved to third on a single by William Grimm, then scored on a two-out single by Grupe.

Ty Correa got the start for the Oilers and went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.

Aidan Gonzalez took the loss for the Oilers, going two-thirds of an inning and giving up five runs on two hits. Gonzalez struck out two, but walked three.

Sam Silversmith came on with two outs in the bottom of the fourth and the bases loaded, and gave up a bases-clearing triple.

Silversmith pitched 3 1-3 innings, giving up no runs on two hits while striking out two and walking one.

Ryan Brown pitched the final inning for the Oilers, giving up no runs on no hits with one walk.

The Oilers continue with their 10-game road trip to open the season, playing Game 4 of that trip Saturday at 6 p.m. against the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

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