Zach Duke Named Int’l Lg. Pitcher of the Week

Zach DukeZach Duke’s complete-game shutout late in the week cinched the International League’s Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of August 6 to 12.

Duke went the distance in Syracuse’s 6-0 shutout of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, allowing three hits, no walks and striking out seven. A week ago, the I.L. Leader in pitching wins (13) struck out eight over six frames in a 5-4 win over Buffalo.

Combined, he went 2-0 with 15 innings pitched, three runs allowed on eight hits and a walk while striking out 15.

Duke was signed as a free agent at the end of spring training following his release from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the 20th round of the 2001 Draft, making his major-league debut in July of 2005 and representing the Pirates in the 2009 All-Star game.

He is the third Syracuse Chief to win weekly honors, following Tanner Roark (July 23-29) and Corey Brown (May 21-27).

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

4 thoughts on “Zach Duke Named Int’l Lg. Pitcher of the Week”

  1. This is just a reminder of how incredibly lucky the Nats have been this year regarding injury. Most any other year, Duke would have been up already after an injury or two to the starting pitching.
    I’m reminded how the Blue Jays lost 3 starting pitchers in less than 2 weeks in June, 2 of them for the year.

    1. I wouldnt say we have been lucky with injury, more the position players have taken the injuries for the pitchers.

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