The launch of Lucas Duda’s career isn’t going scripted. The rookie left fielder was hitless in two at-bats when Jerry Manuel replaced him with pinch hitter Joaquin Arias in the sixth inning, then Chris Carter when Charlie Manuel countered with a right-handed reliever.
Duda is now 1-for-28 in his major league career – an .036 average. His lone hit came Sept. 3 at Chicago with an RBI double off Randy Wells that tied the score at 4.
Regardless, Jerry Manuel said he would continue to use Duda regularly.
“I still believe he’s going to be a good hitter,” Manuel said. “It’s a matter of him getting a couple of hits in one game. I will try to find what I think are good matchups for him, but in the National League East it’s tough. You know, tomorrow is another tough matchup for him [Roy Oswalt].”