FAIRBANKS-Last night at Growden Memorial Park something kind of awkward happened. There was an uncharacteristic kind of loss.
The Alaska Goldpanners were up 1-0 in the first but Cameron Frost of the visiting Matsu Miners tied it up going deep to center field for probably the longest homer in Growden this summer.
Then in the top of the third Frost launches another long ball after a Matsu rbi. This one a two-run shot giving Matsu a 4-1 lead. Frost went 2-5 with three rbis.
"I've been really relaxed at the plate now. I used to be chasing sliders in the dirt and stuff. Now I'm just relaxed and everything so it's just been good," Frost said after the game.
The Matsu outfield was everywhere not letting the ball hit the ground and Ryan Hendrix did the rest throwing four strikeouts and allowed no earned runs in seven innings.
The Miners got some sacrifice runs late and defeat the Goldpanners 7-1 ending Alaska's win streak at nine.
"I was just commanding my fast ball ya know. Just trying not to overpower anything and just I don't know, commanding the fast ball," Hendrix said.
It's the first time all summer the Panners were held to a single run. It was lowest scoring output in a loss since the second game of the year a 4-2 loss to the Pilots on June 11.
"We haven't been beaten like that all year we've been in every game this year, and it's just disappointing how we went about it tonight," Goldpanners manager Mike Grahovac said. "They just looked lackadaisical tonight and I'm the head coach and I've got to take the blame for it I mean this is my team and ya know we've got to prepare better."
The Goldpanners final home game of the 2014 ABL summer season is tonight at Growden Memorial Park at 5 p.m. against the Miners.