Tim Burke pitched a four-hitter to lead the Alexandria Dukes to a 7-1 victory over the Winston-Salem Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series last night at Four Mile Run Park.
Burke (5-4) struck out 10 batters, seven in a row in the early innings. The only run off him was unearned.
Winston-Salem (3-8) came into Alexandria after losing four straight to Hagerstown by a combined score of 51-18.
Alexandria (6-5) scored two runs in the fifth inning, two in the sixth and three in the seventh off loser Kevin Clinton (0-3).
At the end of the seventh, the frustration of Winston-Salem's recent plight finally got to catcher Marc Sullivan, son of Haywood Sullivan, the Boston Red Sox executive vice president and general manager. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound catcher, whose passed ball contributed to the Dukes' seventh-inning rally, took the inning-ending pitch and threw the ball on the fly over a sign that was 310 feet away in right field.
The game began as a pitcher's duel, with Burke and Clinton each throwing a one-hit shutout through the first four innings.
Alexandria took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on Benny de la Rosa's bases-loaded single and Connor McGehee's bases-loaded walk.
Five Dukes and Manager Mike Toomey were named to compete in the Carolina League All-Star game July 7 at Durham. Pitchers Art Ray and Pete Hamner, first baseman John Schaive, third baseman Bob Miscik and outfielder Geronimo Blanco were chosen to represent Alexadria on the Northern Division team. However, Hamner and Blanco had been promoted to Buffalo of the AA league after the voting and will not participate. Toomey will serve as a base coach.