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Game #98: Rockies Pound Duke, Sweep Bucs

Game #98: Rockies Pound Duke, Sweep Bucs

Coors Field | 3:05 | Duke vs. Aaron Cook | Box
There are probably few things worse in baseball than having a team that has been entirely dependent upon its offense watch its offense go silent in what is traditionally one of the best hitters parks in the league. That is what has happened to the Pirates to open the second half of the season.
The Rockies completed a sweep by getting to Zach Duke in the middle innings. The game started very well. The Pirates scored three runs in the first off of Aaron Cook. But Cook settled in nicely and the Pirates only had two more base runners the rest of the game.
Compare and contrast Duke's start. He retired the first 10 Colorado batters. Then the wheels fell off and the boat got unhitched. The Rockies scored twice in the fourth to make it 3-2. In the fifth, Jeff Baker and Matt Holliday homered to put the Rockies up for good.
Cook picked up his 12th win. Duke fell to 4-7. He did manage to strike out five hitters, one off his 2008 best.
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