Game 124: Blind Squirrel Finds Acorn; Bucs Win

Zach Duke outdueled Johan Santana and the Pirates offense collected just four hits. But two of them went over the fence without a hop.

New York drew first blood. Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on the play as Ryan Doumit threw wildly to first. He stole third and scored on a sac fly from Carlos Beltran. David Wright doubled. And then Duke did two unsual things. First he walked the almost un-walkable Jeff Francouer. Then Duke actually whiffed someone (Ike Davis) to end the threat. After that, he was money.

Johan Santana held the Pirates hitless through four innings. Lastings Milledge tied the game with a two out homer in the fifth. Jose Tabata broke the tie with a two out solo homer in the sixth. Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan each tossed a scoreless inning to end the game.

Duke went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked two. Santana went the distance and gave up just four hits and two runs. He whiffed nine and walked one. Hanrahan picked up his second save of the year.

The Good


Pedro Alvarez broke out of a slump with a pair of knocks.

The Bad
Only getting one walk.

A single win making me this happy.

The Rest
Duke improves to 4-1 against New York. Santana, despite a career ERA of less than 2.00, is just 2-2 against Pittsburgh.

Bucs scored two or fewer runs for the 55th time this year. They are 9-46 in such games.

Duke had not gone seven innings since May 23rd against Atlanta.

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