Jeff Karstens threw three innings in Bradenton tonight.
Jeff Karstens made his first rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, going up against the Clearwater Thrashers. Karstens was scheduled to throw three innings or 50 pitches. He ended up going three innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander needed 42 pitches to get through the outing.
Karstens had a rough start to the game, giving up back-to-back singles to Carlos Alonso and Kelly Dugan. He rebounded with a fly out to center field, which moved Alonso over to third base, followed by a strikeout against Chris Serritella. Karstens almost escaped the inning by getting a chopper to third base. Benji Gonzalez charged the ball and tried to make a Pedro Alvarez-style barehanded play, but missed the ball completely, allowing a run to score. Karstens left a fastball up in the zone in the next at-bat, but got away with it, getting a soft liner to second for the final out.
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