Pirates Game 14 Recap: Karstens rebounds

Another game, and another quality start from the Pirates rotation. This time it was Jeff Karstens, who bombed in his last outing by allowing three runs in four innings, with five walks. Karstens rebounded with a great performance, allowing three hits and one run in six innings, with three strikeouts and two walks.

Tyler Yates pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but allowed a leadoff homer in the eighth. John Grabow came on to close out the eighth, and Matt Capps came on in the ninth for a one hit save.

A few quick facts on the pitching:

-The Pirates have the best ERA in the NL, and the second best in the majors
-The Pirates have the most quality starts in the majors with 10 in 14 games.
-The Pirates lead the league in shutouts with 4
-The Pirates have the second fewest earned runs in the majors, and the fewest in the NL

The Pirates have seen success out of Karstens already. After coming over from the Yankees in the Nady trade, Karstens put up a 4.03 ERA in 51.1 innings. However, he wasn’t exactly consistent. Five of his nine starts were quality starts, with an 8.47 ERA in the other four games.

So far that’s pretty much what we’ve seen this season, although it’s only been two games. Still, from a fifth starter, getting a quality start every other outing isn’t a bad thing.

As for the offense, the team received bad news today that Ryan Doumit would miss 8-10 weeks. Jason Jaramillo filled in well today, with an RBI double that almost went for a homer, and some excellent defense, including a strikeout/throw out double play.

Freddy Sanchez led the offense, going 3 for 4 with a homer. The home run came in the third inning, giving Karstens a two run lead to work with, and eventually serving as the winning run.

Paul Maholm takes the mound tomorrow to try and sweep the Marlins, who came in to this series with an 11-1 record.

The MVP Tracker points for this game:

-One point for Jeff Karstens for the good start.

-One point for Freddy Sanchez for providing some good offense.

-One point for Jason Jaramillo for the RBI double, and the defense.

-One point for Matt Capps for the save.

Other Stuff

-The Draft Prospects Tracker is updated with Tuesday’s games.

-Rich Poythress hit three homers on Tuesday. However, it was against Kennesaw State. I’m not sure that projects in to anything close to major league pitching. Still, Poythress has 20 homers on the year.

-Dustin Ackley hit a homer against UNC Wilmington. Ackley is now up to 12 homers on the season.

-If you missed it, I uploaded pictures and videos from Monday’s game.

-I updated the 25-man roster page, adding Robinzon Diaz, and listing Ryan Doumit on the DL (along with Phil Dumatrait, since I didn’t have a DL section earlier).

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