The Pirates had Mitchell Boggs on the ropes throughout his 4-1/3 innings of work. Despite giving up 9 hits and 2 BB, he allowed just one run as the Pirates stranded runner after runner, hit into double plays and had a runner gunned down at third.
Colby Rasmus hit a two run homer in the second off of Jeff Karstens. Albert Pujols later drove home two with a single.
Trever Miller relieved Boggs with one out and the bases juiced and got out of the jam without a dent or scratch to earn the win. Karstens allowed three runs in six innings, but suffered the loss.
Freddy Sanchez had three hits. Brandon Moss had two hits, including a double.
The offense totaled 12 hits. 10 were singles.
No complaints about Karstens.
12 hits, one run.
Still in the cellar.
Rasmus has yet to hit for much power this year. This was his second homer. He drilled 29 at AA a couple of years back. I’d hate to think that he started to figure it out against Pirate pitching.
Mitchell Boggs collected his first ML hit against Karstens.
The last time the Pirates collected double digits in hits but score just one run or fewer was 5/21/08 against Milwaukee and Ben Sheets who went the distance for the W. Since 1954 there have been just 74 games in which the pitcher has tossed a complete game shutout while allowing double digits in hits. For some perspective, during the same period of time, there have been 123 no hitters.