A solid pitching effort combined with capitalizing on errors, wild pitches and stolen bases lifted the Alaska Goldpanners to a 7-2 win over the San Diego Waves on Monday. The game marks the sixth of a seven game series at Growden Memorial Park, which Alaska leads 4-2.
Cole Carder gave the 6-4 Goldpanners a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. He banged a one-out double and scored one out later on a Connor Konishi single.
The Goldpanners committed two errors in the top of the fourth, allowing Drew Thomas to tie the game for the Waves (5-6-1). With one out, Thomas reached first off on error by Goldpanners third baseman Ben McKay. One out later, Thomas stole second and then scored off another McKay error.
Blake Porter kicked off the bottom of the fifth with a double. One out later he stole third. After an error by Waves shortstop, Porter scored the go ahead run. Christian Jones, who stole second, advanced to third and Konishi took second. Jones added another run off a wild pitch. Konishi advanced to third and made the score 3-1 after stealing home.
An RBI single by Mitchell Moralez tacked on one more for San Diego in the top of the sixth and a two-out, bases-loaded situation in the top of the seventh had the Waves set to rally.
However, Alaska’s Joe Riley struck Thomas out swinging to get out of the jam. Riley ended the inning with two hits and no runs.
The Goldpanners tacked on two more in the bottom of the seventh. Jones hit a double to start out the inning and advanced to third after an error by the Waves right fielder. Jones scored again off a wild pitch.
McKay made up for his defensive errors after he hit a single, which brought home Konishi. Konishi had reached second on a wild pitch after getting on base with a walk. The San Jose State sophomore and San Diego native put Alaska up 6-2.
A double by Konishi in the of the eighth capped off the Goldpanners’ offense for the night. The hit brought home Griffin McCormick, who had previously reached first on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on another walk.
The Alaska pitching staff was solid in Monday night’s matchup.
Goldpanners starting pitcher Cameron Walker allowed only one hit and threw three strikeouts through four innings. Joe Riley pitched the remaining innings, allowing only four hits and throwing six strikeouts.
The Goldpanners close out the series with a game at 7 p.m. today.
The team has Wednesday off before starting a four-game series Thursday against the Seattle Studs. The series with the Studs is highlighted with the annual Midnight Sun Game at 10 p.m. Friday. The game is played without artificial lights.
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