PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Jonathan Sanchez | Box
Good day for Zach Duke and a good day for the Bucs offense. Duke had given up one run in seven innings before tiring. His line was three earned in 7-1/3. He even struck out three hitters. The offense banged out 14 hits and scored 12 times.
Nate McLouth led the way with a pair of homers while hitting out of the #2 hole. Freddy Sanchez was hitting lead off and had three hits. Adam LaRoche homered again and will hopefully continue to rebound from his annual sluggish start.
Sean Burnett relieved Duke and gave up a three run bomb to Jose Castillo
After getting eight starts in 60 appearances combined between 2006 and 2007, the Giants moved Jonathan Sanchez into the starting rotation this year. Sanchez, who attended Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, OH, has responded fairly well. His ERA is below league average and he has a 2-1 record. Impressively, he is striking out more than one batter per inning (40 whiffs in 33-2/3 IP).
Sanchez has made two career appearances against Pittsburgh, both in relief. Last August he was shredded for four runs without getting an out. That was last August 10. The Pirates are collectively 4-6 off of Sanchez.
Zach Duke is on pace to strike out 50 hitters this year if he makes 30 starts. That is not too impressive. His ERA+ is 85, which, all things considered, isn’t too hateful. He has not enjoyed success against the Giants. In three career starts, his ERA is 6.28.
This crop of Giants is 8-24 vs. Duke. Rich Aurilia is 4-6 with a long ball.