McDorman Goes 8+, ‘Nooks Snap Losing Streak

Box Score KENAI – Kyle McDorman delivered another solid start for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks on Wednesday night as the Fish snapped their seven game losing streak with  a 6-4 victory over the Peninsula Oilers.

McDorman looked a little rocky in the first inning by walking two and allowed a run that came home on an error.  He would settle in getting 20 of his 24 outs recorded among the infielders behind him.  He also got the offense behind him to aid the Charleston Southern University right hander to his first winning decision of the summer.

Steve Pollex tied the game at one in the second inning for his fourth home run of the year.  Chinooks catcher AJ Derr would record his first base hit with a lead-off double in the third inning, but he would be stranded at third base.  Steve Karkenny and Bret Collins walk to lead-off the fourth to be bunted over by Kyle Conkle.  A past ball by Oilers catcher Drake Zarate allowed Karkenny to score and take the lead for good for the Chinooks.

Second year Chinook Griffith Roark expanded the lead 5-1 with a three-run triple after Pollex and Derr walked to load the bases.  In the fifth inning, the Fish bats would add another run with another lead-off extra-base hit by Josh Altmann with a triple.  It looked like another runner stranded on the base paths with a pair groundouts with the Oilers infield drawn in, but Conkle would deliver a double down the right field line to get Altmann home.

Billy Arendt also had a stellar day at the plate for the Chinooks with his fourth straight multi-hit game from the leadoff spot for the Fish.  Altmann also had two hits from the second batting position to follow up his four hit night from the night before.

By the ninth inning, it looked like McDorman would have an easy finish by allowing just two hits only tossing 85 pitches entering the final frame.  The Oilers would finally figure out McDorman and got three runs in the ninth to make it a 6-4 game.  Among the hits for the Oilers were Zarate’s second hit of the game as the only player for the home team with multiple hits.

Chinooks pitching coach, Chris Beck, would make the move to the bullpen with one out by calling upon Lance Phillips to close out the win for the Fish.  Phillips would do his job and slam the door shut on the Oilers comeback to earn his first save of the season.

The Oilers and Chinooks will duel in a rubber match to conclude their three game series in Kenai on Thursday at 7 pm AKDT.  The Chinooks Thomas Altimont will take the ball for the ‘Nooks and no starter for the Oilers has been announced at this time.