Pirates 4, Brewers 0
Jeff Karstens delivered just the type of outing the Pittsburgh
Pirates needed to snap a losing streak.
After the game, he learned he may have the opportunity for
another strong outing next week, too.
Karstens pitched seven-plus stellar innings before leaving with
an injury and the Pirates snapped a four-game skid with a 4-0
victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Karstens (5-3) gave up seven hits, did not walk a batter and
struck out four for his first win in nine career starts against
”Jeff, tonight, gave us the start that we did need,”
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ”Exactly.”
Karstens also had an RBI single and scored during Pittsburgh’s
four-run fifth inning, but left with what was referred to as an
injured right groin after the first two Brewers singled in the
He felt pain on a pitch to Nyjer Morgan that resulted in an
infield single that put runners on first and second with no outs.
Karstens threw one pitch to Norichika Aoki before leaving the
After the game, Karstens said he thought the problem was more
located in his hip than groin. But he said he did not think he was
”Little relieved,” Karstens said. ”When you’re out there on
the mound, you don’t know how bad it’s going to be. I think all the
tests came back pretty good – at least from my standpoint, I
”We’ll come in tomorrow and see how it is, but I don’t see it
being a big issue. I should be able to go in five days.”
Pedro Alvarez had two hits for the Pirates, who are one game
behind St. Louis for the second wild-card spot.
Aramis Ramirez had three hits for the Brewers, who had won four
in a row.
Shaun Marcum (5-4) did not allow an earned run in his first
start since June 14 but took the loss due to two errors in the
”Got a little tired there in the fifth inning, but other than
that I felt pretty good,” Marcum said. ”Felt like I was locating
from the get-go. In that fifth inning, I made a couple mistakes …
but other than that, for the most part I ended up with close to 90
pitches and I felt like I located the majority of them.”
Earlier this season, Karstens spent more than two months on the
disabled list due to hip and shoulder issues. He had a setback in
coming back from that when he injured his groin in a minor league
rehabilitation start but said ”this one’s nowhere near as bad. I
don’t see myself missing any time.”
Karstens improved to 5-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 11 starts since he
came off the DL. No Brewers baserunner advanced past second base
while he was in the game.
”The command of all his pitches tonight (was there) –
especially the two breaking pitches,” Hurdle said. ”He threw some
very good splits and some change-ups as well. Just on and off the
gas all night. And very efficient… (Karstens) stayed in a real
good place with the game, the tempo. Worked quick, low pitch count.
All the things you look for.”
Tony Watson came on and got Aoki to ground into a forceout, and
Jason Grilli struck out Rickie Weeks and got Ryan Braun to bounce
Closer Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth in a non-save situation,
loading the bases before striking out Morgan to close out the
Pirates’ seventh shutout.
Pittsburgh broke loose in the fifth after errors by center
fielder Carlos Gomez and shortstop Jeff Bianchi, who was recalled
from Triple-A earlier in the day.
Michael McKenry had an RBI double and scored on Karstens’
single. Jose Tabata followed with an RBI double and scored when
Travis Snider singled.
Marcum threw 88 pitches, two fewer than manager Ron Roenicke
said was his pitch limit.
”I was real happy with the way he threw the ball,” Roenicke
said. ”The first four innings were outstanding. And really, that
inning it was all we totally dropped the ball for him. So I was
real happy with him.”
NOTES: Tabata left the game before the sixth with discomfort in
his left groin sustained while running the bases. He will be
evaluated Sunday. … The Brewers were held scoreless for the 10th
time this season. … Pittsburgh scored a game’s first run for only
the fourth time in 23 August games. … The crowd of 37,460 was the
15th sellout of the season at PNC Park. The ballpark record is 19
in its 2001 inaugural season. … Bianchi singled in the eighth and
ninth innings for his first two major league hits. The Brewers
outrighted RHP Mike McClendon to Triple-A late Friday night. …
LHP Erik Bedard will start for the Pirates on Sunday. He allowed
five runs in 3 2-3 innings of a June 2 outing against Milwaukee. He
is tied for the most losses in the majors (13). The Brewers’ RHP
Mike Rogers earned his first major league win in his most recent