BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-6 at McKechnie Field on Thursday.
Right-hander Jeff Karstens allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out three in his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring. Karstens threw 89 pitches over his five innings of work.
"Obviously you want to take the positives out of it," Karstens said. "For me, I’m just more mad. If I give up those runs on hits, that’s one thing. But when I walk guys and I’m giving them free passes, just making my defense sit out there. That’s not something that can happen. It’s got to be one of those things that needs to be fixed. It’s got to be adjusted. I know that."
"On the positive side, it could have been a lot worse. I could have pitched myself into a deep hole for our team to be in. There’s going to be times like that where you’re trying to throw strikes and you can’t. It’s one of those things ...