Duke Dominate as Bucs Beat Friars

Is it wrong to get excited when Zach Duke pitches like I did in 2005? He went 8-1/3 inning, allowing just one run, five singles, a triple and a pair of walks. He picked up his third win and dropped his ERA to 2.65. The Pirates strung together a bunch of hits against starter Shawn Hill (who left with an arm injury) and reliever Josh Geer. The Pirate hitters tallied 14 knocks with Craig Monroe (three hits and three RBI) and Freddy...

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Pirates Notebook: How sweep it is

For some reason I like these 7-4 wins much better than the 10-0 versions. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the Pirates treat opposing teams to a good blowout. However, when the Pirates win in blowout style, you get the feeling that part of that was due to the other team slumping on that particular day. In a game like we saw today, there’s the feeling that the Pirates could be legit, with the ability to hang with teams not...

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Braves Pounce on Pirates

Jeff Francouer delivered a two run single in the first and Casey Kotchman added another RBI knock later in the inning to put the Braves in front early against Zach Duke and the Pirates. Javier Vazquez and the Atlanta bullpen needed nothing else to hold the Pirates down. Atlanta tagged on several more runs as Martin Prado hit a three run homer in the fourth and former Pirate David Ross added a three run blast in the 7th. Atlanta almost...

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Pirates Game 11 Recap: Rotation looks great

I missed the game 10 recap, but the story for the last two games can pretty much be summed up by the starting pitching lines: Game 10 (Paul Maholm): 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 2 KGame 11 (Ian Snell): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 3 K This game marks the third time this week that the Pirates have shut out their opponents, with Maholm, Snell, and Zach Duke leading the way. For a rotation that was one of the worst in the majors last year, this...

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Pirates Game 7 Recap: Duke throws shutout in home opener

I caught the first six innings of the Pirates game on TV today before leaving for Lynchburg for the Hillcats game. What I saw was very impressive from Zach Duke. It wasn’t an outing where he was catching some breaks, and facing a weak team. It was a situation where he was mowing down batters, and showing signs of dominance. I’m not the biggest believer in Zach Duke. This is mainly because we’ve seen him put up great...

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