HOUGHTON, NY – In a game where pitching, defense and base running seemed to be the narrative, the Olean Oilers lost 8-5 to the Genesee Rapids in their eighth game of the year Friday. It was their fifth loss of the summer, and they left the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex having yet to gain that elusive first win away from home.
Nine of the 11 runs scored in the contest came by way of walks, wild pitches and defensive errors. The teams combined for six errors, 16 walks (Genesee’s pitchers were responsible for 14), and eight passed balls/wild pitches.
The Oilers applied plenty of pressure on the base paths early on despite their struggles to put the ball in play, and it paid off in the bottom of the fourth inning when they jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
It was when their starter, Brandon Orsich, left the game having loaded the bases with one out in bottom of the sixth inning that the Oilers’ struggles began. Orsich, who had turned in a fine outing until then, was tagged with three earned runs when the Olean bullpen could not escape the jam. The inning ended with the Oilers behind by a run.
The Oilers had a chance to tie or regain the lead in the top of the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out, but left all three baserunners stranded. The Rapids proceeded to drive in two more runs in the bottom half of the inning, extending their lead to 3.
Despite walking eight batters to start the game, Genesee’s Jonathan Nagle got the win on the mound. Daniel Stauffer, who made his New York Collegiate Baseball League pitching debut in relief of Orsich, was tagged with the loss. He only pitched a third of an inning.
The Oilers will face the Hornell Dodgers at Maple City Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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