PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Kyle Lohse | Box
Kyle Lohse had the Pirates number again. He tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just six hits and one walk. Jaime Garcia made his ML debut in relief and pitched two scoreless innings.
The Cardinals big inning came in the fourth. Yadier Molina poked a two run double and Rick Ankiel drilled a two run homer. Ryan Ludwick hit a solo homer and Ankiel added an RBI single later in the game.
Trying to think of some good things to say:
Attendance was over 30,000 thanks in part, I suppose, to a fireworks promotion
Nate McLouth hit his 33rd double.
Duke struck out four after striking out four over his previous three starts combined.
The game was completed in less than 2:30.
Bucs have made no errors since committing three on July 6th.
The Cardinals are now in third place. Their offense has been weak in July, averaging only three runs per game (24 scored in eight contests). Their competition have upped the ante by acquiring big name pitchers. What will the Cardinals do?
Kyle Lohse is having his best year ever. He is 10-2. His ERA+ is a career best 117. His lone start against the Pirates in 2008 was a no decision on May 13. Overall he is 2-0 against the Pirates with a 2.51 ERA. That includes his most recent complete game shutout, which was fired May 28, 2007.
The Pirates are only hitting .236 off of Lohse. Both Ryan Doumit and Nate McLouth have homered. Chris Gomez is 5-11.
Looking to come back after his worst outing of the season is Zach Duke. He didn’t make it out of the third inning against the Brewers in his last start. He is 4-5 with an ERA that has been hovering around league average.
Duke lost to the Cardinals on May 30 despite allowing two earned runs in six innings. Duke is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA against St. Louis in his career. He has not beaten them since 2006.
The Cardinals are 28-90 against Duke. But they only have five RBIs off him. Albert Pujols is 8-19 with a homer.