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    Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs

    After giving up 3 runs in the first 5 innings of his major league debut, Zach Duke ran off 26 straight IP without allowing a run.

    He's pitching today in Atlanta and has put up 4 zeroes so far.

    His ERA for the season: 0.77.

    Not bad for a 22-year-old, 20th-round draft pick who started last season in A-ball.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    this guy is nasty. I remember hearing Gammons talk a lot about him at the beginning of the season and how he was gonna be the next big thing in the majors. so far, that looks true.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Looks like I jinxed him. He gave up an RBI double in the 5th, so the streak is over at 30.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Well, there goes the streak. Way to jinx, PP
    Seriously, I've been following this guy since the minors (for odd reasons, a friend of mine thinks he might be related to him). He's the real deal.

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    gah...just gave up a run on an Estrada double.

    The Pirates have one of the best trios of young guys in the majors between Duke, Perez, and Bay. Unfortunately, that's all it is...a trio.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    wow - pretty impressive ...there was talk about him early. Is he a lefty?

    I was glad to see Pittsburgh didn't make too many deals because they are building a decent team..I especially like their infield...did they get anything good back for Lawton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prickly Pete
    Looks like I jinxed him. He gave up an RBI double in the 5th, so the streak is over at 30.
    It wasn't you, it was Constanza35 who mentioned that Gammons had shown him some love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-ball-lunachick
    wow - pretty impressive ...there was talk about him early. Is he a lefty?

    I was glad to see Pittsburgh didn't make too many deals because they are building a decent team..I especially like their infield...did they get anything good back for Lawton?
    They got Jody Gerut for Lawton. Eh. Gerut looked like he might be good when he first came up, but he hasn't done much since he tore his ACL. He's basically a gap hitter with not much power or speed. But he's cheaper than Lawton, so I'm sure the Pirates' ownership is thrilled.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kceracerone
    It wasn't you, it was Constanza35 who mentioned that Gammons had shown him some love.
    That'll do it. Although I wish I could get the "and counting" part out of my thread title.

    Speaking of good young pitchers, it sounds like Felix Hernandez, the consensus #1 pitching prospect in all of baseball, is going to get a shot soon for the Mariners.

    I can't wait to see him.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Prickly Pete
    That'll do it. Although I wish I could get the "and counting" part out of my thread title.

    Speaking of good young pitchers, it sounds like Felix Hernandez, the consensus #1 pitching prospect in all of baseball, is going to get a shot soon for the Mariners.

    I can't wait to see him.
    Really? That I am excited for. Please no one jinx him, I want to see this kid turn into Pedro on Bartolo Colon's frame, so Pedro with fewer injuries.

    Though, I just read (and saw some pics) of a worrisome report that he throws too much with his shoulder than his body. I hope it isn't true.

    PP, where did you see the report that he's going to get a shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulieIsAwesome
    PP, where did you see the report that he's going to get a shot?
    Sorry, I didn't mean to get your hopes up. It's just sportswriter speculation at this point, in the wake of the trade deadline.

    The M's likely will continue to tinker with the pitching staff. Touted 19-year-old prospect Felix Hernandez probably will be called up from Tacoma, perhaps soon.
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    Pitching phenom Felix Hernandez’s arrival in Seattle might not be far off, and two other Tacoma pitchers – Jorge Campillo and Jeff Harris – could join the team sooner rather than later.
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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Duke did give up a run today -- but only 1 -- and the Pirates won 4-1.

    He's now 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA after today's effort: 8.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Duke's final line for the day.
    8.1 IP 1ER 2K 1BB
    He's now 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA

    It's not often that you allow 1 run over 8+ innings and your ERA goes up.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Prickly Pete
    Duke did give up a run today -- but only 1 -- and the Pirates won 4-1.

    He's now 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA after today's effort: 8.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks.
    Dammit! You beat me to it!

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    This guy reminds me of a young Tom Glavine!

    He has the sickest changeup for lefty I have seen in years. This guy looks really good.
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    wow. must suck for a pitcher when the only way your ERA goes down is with a complete game shut out.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by keyalyn
    wow. must suck for a pitcher when the only way your ERA goes down is with a complete game shut out.
    I don't think he minds.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Has he been striking out more people? 2Ks over 8 innings and only allowing 1 run is pretty hard to do.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Jace
    Has he been striking out more people? 2Ks over 8 innings and only allowing 1 run is pretty hard to do.
    He's not a big strikeout guy. He's got 29 Ks in 39.1 IPs so far this year, and had only 66 Ks in 108 IPs in AAA this year.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    I picked up Zach Duke on a whim, and he's turned out to be my anchor on my FB pitching staff. Talk about a lucky pick for me. If he continues pitching like this, he could be a future pitching star.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    it'll all average out very soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keyalyn
    wow. must suck for a pitcher when the only way your ERA goes down is with a complete game shut out.
    Any amount of scoreless innings would bring it down too.

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by boo_427
    This guy reminds me of a young Tom Glavine!

    He has the sickest changeup for lefty I have seen in years. This guy looks really good.
    Santana?

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Prickly Pete
    Sorry, I didn't mean to get your hopes up. It's just sportswriter speculation at this point, in the wake of the trade deadline.


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    It's ok. It seems like it's really true:

    http://www.minorleagueball.com/story.../1/23234/52294

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    Re: Pirate rookie: 30 straight scoreless IPs...and counting

    I saw some of the Braves-Pirates game yesterday and Zach Duke has nasty stuff.
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