Zach Duke and the 2011 Rotation

Going in to the 2009 season, the pitcher I least trusted in the rotation was Zach Duke.  Duke ended up surprising a lot of people with his 2009 performance, putting up a 4.06 ERA in 213 innings.  Heading in to 2010, that performance was enough to have Duke mentioned as one of the top pitchers in the Pirates’ rotation, which led to a lot of disappointment from his struggles this year. So far this season Duke has a 5.47 ERA in...

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Bradenton Loses Game Two, Series Tied 1-1

The Bradenton Marauders lost game two of their best of three game series against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.  Bradenton sent Brian Leach to the mound, with Leach allowing five runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. Leach was looking good through three innings, with just one walk allowed.  In the fourth he allowed a two out, RBI single to make the score 2-1 Bradenton, after the Marauders scored two runs in the top of the fourth...

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Two Big Innings Cost Altoona Game One of the Playoffs

Altoona’s ace, Rudy Owens, was originally scheduled to start this past Sunday, but was held back so that Altoona could have him start game one of the first round of the Eastern League playoffs.  Perhaps the extra rest came with some rust, as Owens didn’t have his best control tonight. Owens didn’t allow any damage in the first, despite a leadoff walk on five pitches.  He was then helped by the Altoona offense in the...

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Lineups: Altoona-Harrisburg 9/8

ALTOONA — 30 minutes to first pitch … Game: Altoona Curve vs Harrisburg Senators, 6:30 p.m. Site: Blair County Ballpark. Pitching: LHP Rudy Owens vs. LHP Tom Milone. Weather: 76 degrees. Game Updates: My Twitter Feed Lineups: Altoona Curve: 1. Chase d’Arnaud, 2B 2. Josh Harrison, 3B 3. Jordy Mercer, SS 4. Matt Hague, 1B 5. Andrew Lambo, LF 6. Hector Gimenez, C 7. Miles Durham, RF 8. Anthony Norman, CF 9. Owens, P...

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Bradenton Takes Game One in the Florida State League Playoffs

The Bradenton Marauders took game one of a best of three game series against the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs.  Bradenton beat Charlotte 5-0, led by a four run seventh inning, and strong pitching from Aaron Pribanic and Kyle McPherson. Pribanic has been excellent in the 2nd half of the 2010 season, with a 2.03 ERA in 93.1 innings after the FSL All-Star break, with a 36:18 K/BB ratio and...

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