Monday: Oilers hold off Goldpanners

  • By Staff Report
  • Monday, June 20, 2016 11:37pm
  • Sports

The Peninsula Oilers held off the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks for a 6-5 nonconference victory Monday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

The Oilers, now 7-4 overall, stay in Fairbanks to face the Panners in the Midnight Sun Game tonight at 10:30 p.m.

The Goldpanners jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings Monday, but Oilers starter and winner Blake Allen steadied the ship and allowed the visitors to make a comeback.

Allen would go 7 2-3 innings, giving up six hits and four runs (three earned) while walking four and striking out two.

The Oilers scored two runs in the fourth, two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.

In the eighth inning, the Oilers scored in the top of the inning, but the Panners answered in the bottom of the inning with a run.

Then in the bottom of the ninth, the Panners had already cut the gap to 6-5 and had runners on first and second when reliever Austin Piscotty stuck out Tanner Negrette to record the save.

Brian Ruhm had a big game at the plate for the Oilers, going 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. That effort included the eighth career triple for the second-year player.

Shih-Tsung Wang went 2 for 5 with two runs and an RBI for the Oilers, while Darius Hill was 2 for 4 and also scored a run.

Alex Seifert, Jared Huber and Jeffrey Chapuran also had hits as the Oilers once again hit double figures with hits, this time notching 10. Seifert had a run and an RBI.

Piscotty also helped himself with a sacrifice fly for an RBI.

The Oilers now lead this nonconference series with the Panners 3-2.

The Oilers stay in Fairbanks for games today and Wednesday before returning to Alaska Baseball League play by taking on the Mat-Su Miners in the Valley on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.

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