Where has all the offense gone? After averaging 11 hits per game during the five game winning streak, the Pirates offense has managed just seven safeties in the last two games - both losses.
Tonight it was Gavin Floyd's turn to keep the Pirates down. He allowed two singles and two walks while throwing 8 shutout innings. Bobby Jenks tossed a perfect 9th to seal it.
Zach Duke deserved better. He gave up five singles and a solo homer to Alexei Ramirez. He went the distance.
Duke continues to pitch well. He whiffed a season high seven batters.
Ugh. The offense.
Still in the cellar
Last time Duke whiffed more than seven batters was way back in his rookie year - 7-7-05 against Philly. Not surprisingly, his whiff rate is the highest it has been since his rookie season.
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