PALMER — In two of their previous three games, the Mat-Su Miners used a no-hitter and a walk-off grand slam to put together a winning streak. Tuesday, the Miners continued to roll.
Mat-Su posted an 8-4 Alaska Baseball League win over the Peninsula Oilers at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
“Winning’s contagious. Hitting’s contagious,” Mat-Su head coach Tyler LeBrun said after the win.
The Miners improved to 7-5 with their fourth straight win. The Oilers, who also entered the game riding a three-game winning streak, dropped to 5-7.
Erik Webb continued his tear and Justin Kirby smacked a two-run homer for the Miners.
“We’re getting good starts from Webby and Kirby at the top of the lineup, and we’re getting clutch hits from the six, seven, eight guys,” LeBrun said.
Five different Miners finished with at least a hit.
“It’s been good,” LeBrun said of the offense. “One through nine. It’s difficult to write the lineup card with the talent we have here.”
Webb singled, tripled, drove in two runs and scored three times. The effort came a night after the Central Missouri junior hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Miners an 8-4 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.
“He’s phenomenal,” LeBrun said. “He’s a baller. He brings so much energy to the team.”
In the last three games, Webb has played a part of 13 of his team’s 21 runs, scoring six and driving in seven. Webb is hitting .364, as of Tuesday night. Kirby, who is hitting .319 as of Tuesday, finished 3 for 4.
George Arias earned the win on the mound for the Miners. The Arizona right-hander scattered six hits over six innings, and didn’t allow a run until the sixth. He also fanned six, while walking only two.
“He threw well tonight. He’s been working on stuff with my pitching (coach) Jeff Urlaub, and he’s buying into it,” LeBrun said.
The Oilers trailed 8-1, but were able to cut into Mat-Su’s lead late. Peninsula plated three runs in the eighth. Damon Keith had a two-run triple in the eighth. He also drove in three of his team’s four runs.
The Oilers will stay in Palmer for four nights. The series continues Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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