PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Roy Oswalt | Box
Raul Chavez drove in three runs for the first time since September 26, 2004 when he was with Houston. His two run single in the fourth put the Pirates up 3-1 and a sac fly in the 8th gave the Pirates an insurance run.
Bucs starter Zach Duke notched his first career win against the Astronomicals. He pitched into the 8th inning for just the second time all year. He was pulled after giving up a two out walk to Miguel Tejada. He was relieved by Damaso Marte who allowed a single to Lance Berkman before getting Carlos Lee on a fly ball to end the threat. Matt Capps earned a save with a perfect ninth.
Each of the Pirates regular eight starters had a hit. The Pirates had 10 hits and they were all singles. The Astros offense continues to struggle. This was the seventh straight game they scored two runs or fewer. Not surprisingly, they are 1-6 in those games with the lone win coming last night at the expense of the Pirates.
Roy Oswalt has scuffled quite a bit this year. He is just 4-5 with a 77 ERA+. In his last 19 innings of work, he has given up 27 hits and has no wins in that span (three starts).
His last start against the Pirates was 9/14/07. He pitched well, but got a no decision. He is 11-5 with a 2.49 ERA in his career against the Pirates. Despite Oswalt’s good record and low ERA, the Pirates as whole are hitting better than .300 against him. But, they have had little long ball success. In 205 at bats, Pirate hitters have just one homer. Jack Wilson is 22-61 against Oswalt. Xavier Nady is leaning the other way at 1-17.
Bucs starter Zach Duke has lost his last two starts. He is 2-4 with an ERA that is worse than league average thus far in 2008. His last start was April 25, 2007. He got a no decision. He also made his lone career relief appearance against the Astros on 9/15/07.
Duke is winless in three decisions against Houston. His career ERA against the Astros stands at 4.08. Carlos Lee (6-19) and Lance Berkman (5-15) are the only Astros with more than three hits off of Duke.