Duckworth Fans Still Making Noises

It pays to have a unique name, especially one in which fans can make silly noises from. It also doesn't hurt to be good. Brandon Duckworth, a former Cal State Fullerton player, has become a fan favorite in Philadelphia because of his last name but it's his pitching which will keep him there.

He won't overpower many big leaguers but because of his location he strikes out many more than you would think. He has 11 strikeouts and has allowed only seven hits and four runs in 13 innings since being called up from Triple-A Scranton.

Here are some items we pulled from the internet...

Randy Youngman, OC Register:

News item: Rookie right-hander Brandon Duckworth was the winning pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies' 3-2 victory against the Dodgers on Sunday, which completed a three-game series sweep.

Comment: It looks as if Duckworth (2-0), a former Cal State Fullerton ace, already is developing a cult following in Philly, as evidenced by the pockets of fans who held up "Duck Pond" and "Quack Pack" signs on a fittingly rainy day at Veterans Stadium.

And every time Duckworth racked up a strikeout, several fans in the outfield seats did a "duck dance," flapping their arms as they jumped around.

How come I have a feeling Disney will ask Duckworth to drop the puck on opening night at The Pond this fall?

Duckworthy his second time on the mound, too (Philadelphia Daily News):

This time, there was only one "Duck Pond" and one "Quack Pack" in the upper deck. And the "Quack Pack" showed up late and left before the game was over.

And that wasn't the only difference between Brandon Duckworth's impressive major league debut Tuesday night - when 11 mini-fan clubs dotted the blue seats - and his second big-league start yesterday against Los Angeles at Veterans Stadium.

This time, he was even more impressive.

The 25-year-old righthander held the Dodgers, who were in first place in the NL West entering the weekend, to one run on three hits in seven innings to earn his second win.

"Duckworth is living up to the hype, I'll tell you that," manager Larry Bowa said, shaking his head.

Said Duckworth: "I was less nervous. I had nerves and I was excited, but I'm starting to feel more comfortable."

Duckworth won his last 10 decisions for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being called up. He hasn't lost since May 6.

Duckworth, Nelson Figueroa and David Coggin - the rookies in the Phillies' rotation - are a combined 9-3, 3.00 in 19 starts.

"Those three guys, they don't scare," Bowa said. "Without them, we're in trouble."

Duckworth deals Phils into first (Official Site)

It didn't used to be this way. When the Dodgers got to Philadelphia they were riding high, sitting on top of the NL West. The Phillies were looking up at the Atlanta Braves from second place in the NL East. After today's rain-drenched 3-2 Phillies win, the situations have changed. The Phillies now lead the East by a game and the Dodgers are looking up at the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1 1/2 games back.

The Phillies completed the three-game sweep of the Dodgers on the strength of the second straight win from rookie right-hander Brandon Duckworth (2-0), who battled for seven innings, giving up only three hits and one run in his second Major League start.

"I just want to go out there and make sure the team is in the game the whole time and battle out there. It wasn't very easy, I know that," said Duckworth. "We've had some great defensive plays and the guys are swinging the bats very well."

The highly regarded rook has done everything the Phillies have asked of him thus far, giving up only four runs in 13 innings.

"Duckworth is living up to the hype, I'll tell you that," said Phillies Manager Larry Bowa. "He did an unbelievable job."

The Phillies hurler came out on fire, striking out Tom Goodwin and Mark Grudzielanek to start the game. After walking Gary Sheffield, he retired Shawn Green to end the inning.

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"The delay didn't really affect me," said Duckworth. "I just had to get back into the swing of things. I was just a little bit off. I think after the third inning, heading into the fourth and fifth, is when I finally kicked it in. I was starting to get ahead (in the count) a lot better, throwing better quality pitches, getting quicker outs."

Quotes from Dodger Manager Jim Tracy (LA Times):

"They're a good ballclub and they're in a fight just like we are," Manager Jim Tracy said. "You expect the level of intensity to rise a lot when you get to this point in time in the season.

"I don't think that we played poorly in this series. The first two games, they beat us with the home run ball. Today, [Duckworth] shut us down through seven innings."

"We had an opportunity there in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out, and unfortunately we could only come up with one run," Tracy said. "We didn't hit enough, especially early in the game, but you have to give Brandon Duckworth some credit."