FAIRBANKS-Wednesday night at Growden Memorial Park the Alaska Goldpanners and the Kenai Peninsula Oilers locked horns for game two of their five game series.
The Goldpanners got off to a nice start after a Cody Nulph sac fly Jacob Hayes takes one out of the park his fourth of year. Alaska was up 3-0 but Grabriel Munoz answers with a solo shot of his own for the Oilers. His third jack of the season makes a 3-1 game.
But a crazy play occurred in the top of 6th a wild pitch gets past Alaska catcher Eric Hutting but the ball bounces right back to him off of the wall. An Oiler scores after the mishap and Alaska gets another Oiler runner in a rundown but the Goldpanners can't convert the out after an errant throw to third base. There were no outs for the Oilers and they trailed by one 4-3.
However, Jayson Balades, Alaska's starting pitcher, had short term memory and took out the next three batters.
The bottom of the 8th is when the Panners flipped the switch. Bases loaded and one out and Kris Paulino hits the key rbi driving in two runs. Paulino went 3-4 on the night. The Panners scored five runs in that eighth inning and pull away for a 9-3 win.
Balades got the win going six innings, two earned and five strikeouts finishing with a 2.08 ERA.
The Goldpanners had their second straight game with 14 hits and Paulino was a big part of that having his best game as a Panner.
"Yeah, just swung at some good pitches, that last guy just you know making sure the ball's up and something I could drive to the outfield and got it, Paulino said. "I think they just had a little more fight in them. We didn't capitalize on some runners we had early and I don't know I just think that we did a good job in the eighth inning to open it up a little bit and give us some breathing room in the last inning."
"We're just staying with what we do and I think our chemistry is really growing," Goldpanners first baseman Tanner Pinkston said. The Cal State Fullerton sophomore field a number of key outs in what was a close game until the eighth.
"We're a really good ball club. We can pretty much do whatever we want as an offensive standpoint so we're really clicking together and it's starting to be fun."