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Duke feels consistent, even with loss

Zach Duke lost his second decision in a row, with a no-decision against Colorado on Aug. 6 in between, against the Padres today. But his numbers – six hits and two earned runs allowed in six innings – were better than the three earned runs and 10 hits surrendered in six innings to Colorado and the six runs, seven hits in five innings against St. Louis on Aug. 1.

Duke had to know going in that run support would probably be minimal the way the Padres pitch. Deservedly so, Duke felt decent about the outing even with the loss.

“I feel consistent, I feel pretty good,” Duke said. “It’s a loss, but I feel pretty good about the way I pitched.”

Duke is now 2-3 with the no-decision since coming off the disabled list during the All-Star break (left elbow flexor strain).

In another game note from today, Andrew McCutchen, who had a five-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, did not get a hit in the series, reaching base once on a walk and once after being hit by a pitch. His speed was definitely missed, but the Pirates’ leadoff man made contact several times only to have the Padres’ defense make the out.

“He hit the ball hard right at the third baseman, he hit the ball hard to right-center, he hit the ball hart at the shortstop,” Russell said. “Eventually he’ll find a hole.”

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