FAIRBANKS-The Goldpanners may have won their series over the San Francisco Seals winning the first three games of the five game series but every game has gotten closer and closer.
Game four last night at Growden Memorial and the Panners had a 3-2 lead after Jacob Hayes and Vahn Bozoian home runs but the Seals answered with two runs in the top of the third.
The Panners answered and tied the game in the bottom of the frame to make a 4-4 game thanks to a Cody Nulph rbi bringing in Eric Hutting.
But in the top of the sixth, with two outs, Kirby Campbell hits the go-ahead RBI for the Seals giving them a 5-4 lead. It's the first time they've led in the sixth inning of this series.
Seals up 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth and no outs and the Panners rallied a bit. After a Mike Wieland double David Leiderdman's single brings Wieland home and it's 6-5 Seals.
But Seals starting pitcher Mikey Ramirez put it away for San Fran. Ramirez threw a complete game tossing eight Ks with a 2.95 ERA.
The Seals 6-5 win ends Alaska's three game win streak and prevents the sweep. Ramirez pitched for the ABL Champions last summer. The win was a little bittersweet but he wishes the best for the Panners.
"They have a good team this year. You know see if they can follow up the tradition here, the winning. From winning last year, hopefully they can keep it on in the Alaska Baseball League," Ramirez said.
"We just came out with a different kind of intensity, a different kind of focus," Campbell said. "I didn't let the errors, early, get to us like we had in the past three games. We really let things snowball on us early in the series but this game we just kind of kept on battling back."
Goldpanners Field Manager Mike Grahovac wants to see how his team will react in the tonight's game five series finale.
"Tomorrow's going to be a big night on how they can come out respond to losing to a game. The pitcher for them threw. He kept us off balance all night, did a good job but we made minimal adjustments and we're a better team than that," Grahovac said.
The Goldpanners are now 3-3 but should have more players coming in today. They should have their full roster in the next week or two.