Game 39: Duke Outduels Doc

Count me surprised. Zach Duke outpitched Roy Halladay. Bucs win!

The Pirate offense, not surprisingly, was handcuffed by Roy Halladay. The flip side was also true: Philadelphia mustered even less off of Zach Duke.

Back-to-back doubles in the second from Ryan Doumit and Andy LaRoche brought home the first run. Philadelphia tied it in the fifth on a single from Juan Castro. Garrett Jones’ RBI single in the sixth held up over the final 12 outs of the game.

Duke allowed that lone run in six innings. He was relieved by Evan Meek, Joel Hanrahan and Octavio Dotel each of him tossed a hitless inning. Duke allowed six singles and whiffed five.

Halladay tossed a complete game and allowed nine hits.

The Good
Have to like that outing from Duke.

Jones had three hits.

Andrew McCutchen threw Jayson Werth out at home in the fifth. Otherwise Castro’s knock would’ve brought in two runs.

The Bad
I got nothing.

The Rest
Garrett Jones’ batting average is at a high water mark since Game 5 of the year.

LaRoche had gone 12 games without an RBI.

Halladay has four complete games in 2010. The Pirates have none.

The Pirates have won three games in which they scored two or fewer runs in 2010. They had four such wins in 2009.

Ryan Howard had three singles. It was his 45th career three hit (or more game). In those games the Phillies are 35-10.

Aki Iwamura was retired as a pinch hitter.

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