Game #136: Sabathia Fires One hitter

PNC Park | 1:35 | Karstens vs. C.C. Sabathia | Box
C.C. Sabathia struck out eleven and allowed just one hit and three walks in tossing a complete game shutout. The Brewers completed a pair of double plays behind him and C.C. faced just two over the minimum.
The lone hit was a dribbler from Andy LaRoche that Sabathia failed to field in the fifth inning.
Rickie Weeks led off the game and Bill Hall and Gabe Kapler drove home a pair later in the game to provide a lot more than Sabathia needed.
Jeff Karstens had allowed just Weeks’ homer in the first before running into trouble in the seventh. He allowed a one out double and a walk and was yanked in favor of Tyler Yates who gave up a two run double to the first hitter he faced – Hall.
10 straight losses. Its a battle for the cellar between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Good times.

Pre-Game Thoughts
The odds of Milwaukee completing another sweep seem pretty strong. The Brew Men are throwing their ace and the Pirates haven’t been able to hit much of anyone – ace or back end starter – all month long.
Sabathia’s last start was last weekend against the Pirates. He got a no decision after six innings of work. In ten starts since being traded to the NL Central, Sabathia is 8-0 with an ERA of just 1.59.
The Pirates are just 26-110 against Sabathia. Freddy Sanchez and Luis Rivas have homered off him. Chris Gomez (5-15) is the only palyer with more than 10 PAs who is hitting over .300 in his career off of Sabathia.
Jeff Karstens tries to right his ship. After winning his first two starts for the Pirates in impressive fashion, he has posted a 6.75 ERA in losing his last three starts. This will be his first ever start against Milwaukee and he has yet to face any of the Brewers hitters.

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