The Pirates blew a late two run lead and succumbed in the tenth inning as Philadelphia swept a three game set. Raul Ibanez was the hitting star for the Phillies. He hit a pair of homers and knocked in the game winning run in the tenth with a double.
Ibanez started the scoring with a solo jack off of Karstens in the second inning. Things stayed that way until the fifth inning when the lead changed hands three times in the space of nine outs. The Pirates took the lead in the top of the fifth. Brandon Wood and Eric Fryer each singled with one out. Karstens successfully sacrificed. Xavier Paul hit a two out, two run single to push the Pirates in front.
But the lead was lost almost immediately. Brian Schneider doubled and was sent to third on a single from rookie Michael Martinez. Phillies starter Vance Worley’s bunt moved Martinez over and both runners scored on a single from Jimmy Rollins.
The Pirates wrestled the lead back in the home half of the sixth. Neil Walker singled and with two gone Lyle Overbay homered to put the Pirates up 4-3. Worley was pulled in favor of Brad Lidge to start the seventh. He walked Eric Fryer. Karstens bunted him over and Garrett Jones sent him in with a double, giving Pittsburgh a two run cushion.
It wouldn’t be enough. Joe Beimel started the eighth and departed after giving up a one out double to Ryan Howard. Jose Veras replaced him and gave up a two run homer to Ibanez, tying the game.
Chris Resop commenced the ninth and put two runners on via walk. Tony Watson relieved him and retired Chase Utley to end the inning.
Onto extra innings.
Antonio Bastardo set the Pirates down in order in the tenth. Watson gave up consecutive one out doubles to Hunter Pence and Ibanez in the tenth to end it.
Karstens gave up three runs in seven innings. He gave up seven hits and two walks. He struck out five. Worley gave up four runs in six innings. He struck out seven. Pittsburgh got seven hits and drew no walks against him. Bastardo was the winner. Watson was the loser.
No issues with Karstens outing.
Walker had two hits. Paul had two hits an two RBI.
Bucs hitters reached double digits in strikeouts again.
Pedro Alvarez was 0-5 with three strikeouts.
Karstens came into the game with no career decisions in four appearances (two starts) against the Phillies. This was Worley’s first appearance against Pittsburgh. Other than newly acquired Derrek Lee, no one on the Pirates active roster had faced him prior to this game.
Howard has no hits against Karstens in his career.
Ibanez has 14 career two homer games. He has 33 games with at least four RBI.