OLEAN, NY --The Oilers offense continued its recent offensive hot streak during Tuesday's Fourth of July matchup against the Wellsville Nitros, but the defense wasn't there, causing the Olean to drop yet another divisional game.
Gunner Becker was given the nod for the Oilers on the hill, but appeared to be tired from his first pitch. Becker lasted only 1 2/3 innings before being pulled. He had been 2-0 on the year with an ERA of 0.00, but he gave up 10 hits and nine total runs, six of which were earned, and he walked one.
Although the game was tied at three after the first inning, with both teams jumping out of the gates hot, a six-run second gave the Nitros a steady cushion to play with throughout the rest of the game.
The Oilers made another push in the third and fourth innings on a Neveda Waterman double that scored two, and they took advantage of errors made by the Nitros to score two more, bringing the game within one run into the top of the fifth.
But the Nitros weren't done either. In the bottom of the sixth, Whitesville native Cole Tracy got things started with a single, one of Tracy's four hits on the day, and he later scored along with teammate Rommy Morel on a blast hit by Kevin Higgins.
The Oilers were forced to use four different pitchers on the day, none of which lasted more than four innings.
Jacob Miknis and Kirby McMullen each had three hits. McMullen also recorded 3 RBI and is batting a team leading .538 in his first three games as an Oiler.
The Oilers fell by a final score of 16-11 and now sit nine games behind first place in the Western Division.
Olean will travel to Hornell Wednesday to take on the Dodgers at Maple City Park at 5 p.m.