And while it was no doubt a stand-out night at the plate for Duda, manager Terry Collins says it's all a product of Duda's hard work.
“You know how hard this guy works to get ready to play,” Collins said (ESPN, Sept 26). “He got real frustrated last week when he wasn’t swinging the bat [well]. He came out for two days early and took another 40 swings extra, which is something we’re accustomed to him doing. But it helps him. It helps him relax. It helps him feel better. And we’re seeing the results.”
And for Duda, it's just a matter of comfort.
“I always tend to work a lot, I guess, just because I like to. I think the timing is coming back," Duda said after the game.
Duda went 2-for-4 in last nights game. Both hits the three-run homers first in the third inning off Anthony DeSclafani and again in the seventh with two outs off Tony Cingrani.