ALASKA BASEBALL LEAGUE
W L Pct. GB Overall
Oilers 19 12 .613 -- 26-15
Miners 17 15 .531 2 1/2 19-17-1
Bucs 16 16 .500 3 1/2 21-26
Pilots 17 18 .486 4 21-22-1
AIA 12 20 .375 7 1/2 15-24
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
AIA Fire 5, Oilers 2
Pilots 3, Bucs 1
AIA Fire at Peninsula Oilers, Seymour Memorial Park, 6 p.m.
Mat-Su Miners at Anchorage Bucs, Mulcahy Stadium, 7 p.m.
AROUND THE HORN
-- The league-leading Peninsula Oilers' drive to the Alaska Baseball League title remains stuck in neutral.
Athletes in Action right-hander and innings eater Charlie Gillies came within one out of a complete game Wednesday night, when he stifled the home-standing Oilers in the Fire's 5-2 ABL win in Kenai.
Gillies (5-1) allowed five hits and struck out eight. He walked six, threw roughly 135 pitches and came one out shy of notching his third complete game in eight starts. Gillies continually got the Oilers to hit ground-outs.
Closer Ben Heller came in with two runners on base and two outs in the ninth. He induced a fly-out to earn his fourth save.
Peninsula's loss was its third straight and marked the second time this season the Oilers have lost three consecutive games. Peninsula committed four errors. The Oilers' lead over second-place Mat-Su, which was idle Wednesday, dropped to 21/2 games.
AIA's Ryan Miller drove in two runs.
-- Anchorage Glacier Pilots shortstop Brady Hohl was part of a bizarre fourth-inning play just before he scored the game-winning run in a 3-1 ABL victory over the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium on Wednesday.
Hohl led off the top of the fourth with a double and attempted to steal third base. The third-base umpire called him safe, but the home-plate umpire over-ruled and called him out. After a conference between umpires, Hohl was inexplicably sent back to second base. Aaron Judge drove him in with a base hit.
Judge scored his second run on a double from Kavin Keyes, and the Pilots pitchers did the rest, retiring the last 16 Bucs in order.
Paul Moeller (1-3) pitched a perfect sixth inning to pick up his first win, and Trevor Bayless pitched a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save. Philip Walby, Christian Belleque and Justin Kemp each contributed one perfect inning of relief.
The Pilots improved to 17-18 and moved within a half game of the third-place Bucs, who fell to 16-16.