The Alexandria Dukes swept a doubleheader from Peninsula, 6-2 and 9-7, last night in front of 1,024 fans at Four Mile Run Park.
It was Peninsula's fourth twin bill in as many days.
In the second game, Peninsula starter Frank Griffin allowed a two-run double in the third inning by Dukes pitcher Johnny Taylor, who entered the batting order by virtue of an injury and a shift in the designated hitter. But despite giving himself the lead at the plate, Taylor couldn't hold it on the mound.
By the sixth inning, Alexandria was leading by only 6-4 with two Peninsula runners on base with no outs. Taylor was relieved by Jim Felt, normally an outfielder. Felt quickly surrendered a three-run homer to Jim Olander and the Pilots were ahead, 7-6.
But Alexandria responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, including an unearned go-ahead run. Larry Johnson doubled in Rubin Rodriguez to tie the score and Marvin Clack followed with a grounder to short that Ed Lowrey threw away, allowing Johnson to score.
In the first game, Steve Susce (4-3) gave up eight hits but no walks in going the full seven innings for his second complete game of the season. He has walked only seven batters in 47-plus innings this season.
In contrast, it was bases on balls that helped win the game for for Alexandria. The Dukes scored their six runs in the fifth inning, all after two outs.
With Johnson on first with two outs, Peninsula starter Vince Soreca walked three consecutive batters then allowed a single to Roberto Bonilla on a 3-2 pitch that made it 3-1, Alexandria, and chased Soreca. Lorenzo Bundy greeted reliever Rich Surhoff with a three-run homer.