Peninsula Oilers infielder Victor Carlino leaps up into the air to grab the throw to second as Mat-Su’s Erik Webb slides in safely during an 8-4 loss to the Miners Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Palmer. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman)

Peninsula Oilers infielder Victor Carlino leaps up into the air to grab the throw to second as Mat-Su’s Erik Webb slides in safely during an 8-4 loss to the Miners Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Palmer. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman)

Tuesday: Oilers drop series opener to Miners

In two of their previous three games, the Mat-Su Miners used a no-hitter and a walk-off grand slam to put together a winning streak. Tuesday, the Miners continued to roll.

Mat-Su posted an 8-4 Alaska Baseball League win over the Peninsula Oilers at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

“Winning’s contagious. Hitting’s contagious,” Mat-Su head coach Tyler LeBrun said after the win.

The Miners improved to 7-5 with their fourth straight win. The Oilers, who also entered the game riding a three-game winning streak, dropped to 5-7.

Erik Webb continued his tear and Justin Kirby smacked a two-run homer for the Miners.

“We’re getting good starts from Webby and Kirby at the top of the lineup, and we’re getting clutch hits from the six, seven, eight guys,” LeBrun said.

Five different Miners finished with at least a hit.

“It’s been good,” LeBrun said of the offense. “One through nine. It’s difficult to write the lineup card with the talent we have here.”

The Oilers trailed 8-1, but were able to cut into Mat-Su’s lead late. Peninsula plated three runs in the eighth. Domon Keith had a two-run triple in the eighth. He also drove in three of his team’s four runs.

The Oilers will stay in Palmer for four nights. The series continues Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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