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Duke impressive in 2-1 win over Phillies

Pittsburgh 2 – Philadelphia 1
  • Game Summary
  • Coming off a 12-2 thumping to the Philadelphia Phillies (24-14) Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-22) faced a daunting task Tuesday night going up against arguably the best the pitcher in the National League in Roy Halladay (6-2).
  • Halladay (9 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 6 SO) went 9 innings, surrendering 2 runs and came out on the losing side.  
  • Pirates starter Zach Duke (3-4) matched Halladay through 6 innings, throwing 5 strike outs and surrendered just 1 run in 6 innings of work as the Pirates pulled out a 2-1 win Tuesday night to split a two game series with the Phillies.
  • Duke won for the first time in  7 starts (April 10).
  • The Pirates opened the scoring in the 2nd inning, Andy LaRoche (1-4, RBI) doubled to deep right, scoring Ryan Doumit (2-4, run scored).
  • LaRoche was 1-for-4 in the game and ended a four game hitless streak. At the plate, Laroche is 2 for his last 26 and has seen his batting average drop to .254.
  • In the 5th, Philadelphia got on the board as Juan Castro singled to center, scoring Ryan Howard but Andrew McCutchen threw out Jayson Werth at the plate to keep the game tied at 1-1. 
  • Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead in the 6th, Garrett Jones singled to right center, scoring Lastings Milledge. Jones was 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI and is batting .357 in the month of May after a slow April.
  • Jones started at first base, while Ryan Church (0-4, .211) made his fourth straight start. Church has seen his batting average plummet from .300 on May 1st to .211. Church has 1 hit in his last 24 at bats.
  • Ryan Doumit had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run scored. Doumit has 7 hits in his last 19 at bats.
  • Relievers Evan Meek (1 IP, 1 SO, 0 ER), Joel Hanrahan (1 IP, 1 SO, 0 ER) and Octavio Dotel ( 1 IP, 1 SO, 0 ER) combined for three shutout innings.
  • Dotel earned his 8th save of the season.

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