Oilers drop 4th straight, teeter on edge of ABL playoff spot

Oilers drop 4th straight, teeter on edge of ABL playoff spot

The Peninsula Oilers lost their fourth straight Tuesday night at Mulcahy Stadium with a 3-1 loss to the Anchorage Bucs in Alaska Baseball League action.

The Oilers (12-23) dropped 13 games behind the league-leading Bucs (24-9) with the loss, and just a half-game ahead of the Chugiak/Eagle River Chinooks (10-22) for the fourth and final ABL playoff spot. The Oilers have nine games left on their 2019 schedule, the last five coming at home.

Tuesday, the Bucs outhit the Oilers 10-6, led by Chad Castillo’s 3-for-4 day. Castillo knocked in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning.

Calvin Farris led the Oilers by hitting 2 for 3 with a walk.

Eric Reardon gave up three runs in seven strong innings for the Oilers, striking out six while scattering nine hits and two walks. Giancarlo Servin worked a scoreless inning of relief for Peninsula, giving up one hit and whiffing two.

The Oilers had to work against Anchorage starter Michael Frias, who lasted six innings on the mound, giving up just the one run on five hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Following Castillo’s run-scoring knock in the first inning, the Oilers eventually answered in the top of the fourth with a leadoff double by Connor McCord. A single by Farris put runners on the corners, and Bohall brought McCord home on a single to right field to knot it up at 1 apiece.

However, the Bucs took the lead back at 2-1 with a sac fly by Blake Paugh in the bottom of the fifth, then tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on an Oilers error.

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