FAIRBANKS-The Goldpanners opened their five game series against the Kenia Peninsula Oilers in a big way on Tuesday night. The Oilers were visiting Growden Memorial Park for the first time this summer and in the first meeting between the two teams and they would get well acquainted.
Jeff Pashcke broke the scoreless tie giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead. The Oilers were ahead 2-1 into the bottom of the fifth inning and that's when Alaska went off.
Cody Nulph-big game from him, one of his two homers, went out to left and over the fence to tie the game at 2-2l in the bottom of the fifth frame. That started a nice outburst as the Panners scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead.
Brandon Caruso had the eagle eye at the plate for the Panners going 4-5, three runs scored and two rbis. Alaska liked matching numbers because they exploded again in the bottom of the seventh with seven runs highlighted by Nulph's grandslam. Alaska outscored Kenai 11-1 after the 5,6 and 7th inning.
The defense was there as well. Jace Puckett got the win throwing 6strikeouts in 6 innings with only 3 earned. The Panners allowed only a single run in the four innings the Oilers did score. Alaska wins 14-5 and move into second place in the AL. Nulph talks about what he saw in his first multi-home run game.
"I got a pitch on the inner half both times and I was looking for it and I didn't miss it. I was just going up there looking to do my job and drive the ball and got it done today," Nulph said.
"They were in second place and it's good to get ahead of them (Oilers)," Caruso said. "But the big thing that I found was-I wasn't here for the beginning of the season but I found that the guys are starting to relax, get into a groove and it's nice to see everyone starting to find their own on this team and find their roles. It's an awesome feeling to be a part of a team like this."