In one of the wildest games in the Carolina League this season, the Alexandria Dukes rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Winston-Salem Red Sox, 11-10, last night before 1,023 at Four Mile Run Park.
The Red Sox tried all night to throw the game away and finally succeeded. In the ninth, three Winston-Salem pitchers gave up three singles and walked in two runs before Connor McGehee won the game with a two-out, two-run, bases-loaded single.
The Dukes won without the benefit of what appeared to be a two-run home run by John Schaive in the ninth. Schaive's long drive over the left field fence appeared to curve inside the foul pole but was ruled foul. Alexandria Manager Mike Toomey was ejected from the game for protesting the call too strenuously.
Winston-Salem led, 8-3, at one point and 10-6 going into the bottom of the ninth.
Four pitchers from each team gave up 31 hits, 16 by Alexandria and 15 by the Red Sox.
Andy Snaith, batting ninth for Alexandria, had four hits in four at bats with four runs batted in. He hit his first home run of the year, with a man on, in the sixth inning to cut Winston-Salem's lead to 8-5. Angel Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the first inning.
Mike Zamba retired Winston-Salem in order in the ninth to pick up his first victory for Alexandria.