FAIRBANKS, AK-The Alaska Goldpanners return to Growden Memorial Park to continue their four game series with the Chugiak Chinooks. After losing to Chugiak on Sunday the Panners came in Tuesday night with all intentions to even the series against the last place team in the ABL.
For the Panners in the second inning it was all about scoring. Catcher Scott Tomassetti sparked a four run inning with a two run double to break the scoreless tie. Then second basemen Alex Rubanowitz sends Caleb Dirks pitch of out the park for his first home run of the year bring home Tomassetti. Panners up 4-0.
Goldpanners pitcher Mikey Ramirez, who is unbeaten, had a solid six inning performance allowing just two hits, three runs, and five Ks making him 3-0.
The Chinooks led by Griffin Gum showed some fight making it 4-2 after four but the Goldpanners get three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Scoring in bunches and stalling runs and win 7-4.
Alaska is now 11-6 has a half game lead for the top spot in the ABL.
Rubanowitz aka "Rubo" talks about his first homer of the summer season.
"I just got a fast ball up in the zone and I didn't miss it. My goal was to just score Tomassetti from second and I think I did that," Rubanowitz said.
The undfeated Ramirez talks about his approach on the mound during games.
"I try to keep the same tempo, just try to pitch the contact and let the defense make their plays," Ramirez said. "I know the offense is going to do what they do, score runs."
The Goldpanners are in first place but Rubanowitz feels it's about their chemistry and a certain slogan.
"We're a good group of guys, we're coming along really well; our pitchers are throwing good, we're hitting everything," Rubanowitz said. "We got this line that we just kind of say out loud 'we protect the banks', we just like playing here."