Alexandria pitcher Tim Lewis struck out 20 batters to tie a Carolina League record, but Winston-Salem spoiled the fine performance, scoring three early runs en route to a 7-1 triumph over the Dukes last night at Four Mile Run Park.
Four of the seven Red Sox runs were unearned and the Dukes stranded 15 men on base, further undermining Lewis' efforts. His strikeout total matched the record by Pete Cimino for Wilson, N.C., in 1962 and Charlie Timm for Raleigh, in 1945.
Winston-Salem scored one run in each of the first three innings. Then Lewis got in the groove, striking out the side in the fourth and two batters in the fifth before Lee Pruitt reached first on an error in the sixth inning. Art Samaniego doubled and Ed Berroa walked to load the bases with one out. Lewis struck out Steve McQueen and reached a 3-2 count on Juan Pautt, but Pautt laced a bases-clearing double to center.
The Dukes loaded the bases in the sixth on a Jerry Neufang single and walks to Jeff Rudolph and Grant Headford.Roberto Dennis then stroked a chopper that was mishandled by Red Sox second baseman Samaniego for the Duke run.
Lewis' feat tied Pete Cimino of Wilson, N.C. in 1962 and Charlie Timm of Raliegh, N.C. in 1945.