Mike Rochford gave up five hits and struck out nine Dukes, and Danny Sheaffer drove in four runs with two hits as the Winston-Salem Red Sox beat Alexandria, 8-2, last night in front of 234 chilled fans at Four Mile Run Park.
Winston-Salem scored three times in the first inning, three times in the second and twice in the third to take an 8-0 lead. Scott Skripko led off with what looked like a routine pop to Alexandria right fielder Craig Brown, who dropped the ball and misplayed it into a three-base error. Mike Mesh doubled Skripko in and scored on Sheaffer's one-out single. Craig Walch singled and Charles Fisher walked to load the bases. Kevin Burrell's two-out walk drove in Sheaffer and chased Alexandria starter Sean Faherty (1-1).
Skripko led off the second with a walk and stole second. Sam Nattile walked with one out and Sheaffer's triple scored both runners. Walch followed with a single and Winston-Salem led, 6-0.
Winston-Salem scored two more in the third with three singles and a sacrifice fly by Sheaffer.
Alexandria could not get a threat going until the eighth inning. Before that, the only hit off Rochford (3-2) was a second-inning leadoff single by Jim Opie. And the only Duke to reach third base was Ruben Rodriguez, who was hit by a pitch.
Nick Castenada led off the Alexandria eighth with a single and Jim Aulenback's double put runners at second and third with nobody out. Rodriguez's sacrifice fly scored Castenada and Aulenback scored on Brown's two-out single.
Alexandria relievers Steve Susce and Johnny Taylor were the only bright spots for the Dukes. Susce struck out six in five innings of relief, although he allowed two earned runs. Taylor struck out five batters and allowed one hit and one walk in two innings.