A season-high crowd of 2,358 came to Four Mile Run Park last night to see the San Diego Chicken perform, and stayed around to watch the Alexandria Dukes lose to the 11-strikeout performance of Peninsula pitcher Ron Richardson, 6-2.
The standing-room-only crowd, which more than doubled the Dukes' largest previous attendance this season, was entertained by the Chicken's antics on the field between innings. He drew his biggest laughs when he used a towel to shine the bald head of Alexandria third baseman Mike Quade. The Chicken also at various times coached first base, berated the umpires and stole home by twice bowling over Pilots catcher Mike LaValliere--the second time in a slow-motion replay.
Richardson, a right-hander with a 4-5 record, worked 6 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and walking three. He struck out Dukes right fielder Jim Felt three times as Alexandria stranded 13 runners.
Harold Warner and Matt Dorin finished up for Peninsula.
The Pilots scored single runs in the third inning on a bases-loaded single by Jeff Stone, in the sixth on a one-out single by Francisco Melendez and in the eighth on an RBI double by Jon Lindsey that gave Peninsula a 3-1 lead.
The Dukes scored their first run in the seventh inning on a triple by Marvin Clack and a one-out suicide squeeze bunt by Joe Orsulak. Alexandria scored again one inning later when Burk Goldthorn singled and raced home when Pilots center fielder Stone misplayed Jim Felt's line drive, allowing it to roll to the wall.