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Sore shoulder benches Karstens

PHOENIX — Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens left tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after just one inning due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Karstens will be examined when the team returns to Pittsburgh after Wednesday afternoon’s game and more information about his status is expected on Thursday.

The Pirates scored a run in the top of the first inning on Garrett Jones’ two-out, RBI single. However, the Diamondbacks got two runs in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Chris Young doubled, Miguel Montero lined an RBI single and Jason Kubel blasted a run-scoring double high off the center field wall.

In the second inning, reliever Jared Hughes already was warming up when Karstens came up to bat with two outs. Karstens struck out with an awkward, lunging swing. Hughes took over on the mound to start the bottom of the second, and gave up a run to put Arizona up 3-1.

Comments

  1. Pants-n-at says:

    I like Karstens but this may prove he shouldn’t be a starter.

  2. Paul says:

    Getting the win last night was all fine and well, but the game itself is a perfect example of why the Pirates will never be able to move forward and have consistent offensive output as long as Clint Hurdle is the manager. John Russell and Lloyd McClendon were pretty awful but Hurdles obsession with small ball and his propensity for find new ways to dampen run production even as the players are trying to gain traction is phenomenal.

    Seventh inning up by a mere run leadoff man gets on, bunt called out, caught stealing. Base runner erased, two outs served to the defense on a silver platter by the manager.

    Eight inning McCutchen leads off, next batter Walker bunting again?? One what planet is a number four hitter bunting? If Neil Walker lacks the power and on base ability to hit in that situation (which he clearly does) and Hurdle feels compelled to have him bunting it’s further evidence that he has no business hitting fourth. Two on nobody out in the eight … net 0 runs, another small ball result brought to you by the high priest of that ancient religion Clint Hurdle.

  3. Blackmax says:

    Paul, Walker put the winning run in scoring position, and he managed to do it without making an out. In what universe is that a bad thing? If it was Pujols hitting fourth, then I could understand your objection. But not here. In this case, the blame goes to hitters numbers 5, 6, and 7.

  4. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Late innings on the road, that’s how you play the game. The Pirates don’t have Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, so yes, you bunt without a proven power hitter. You play for the win on the road late in the game. If he were to do that in the early going, I see you arguement.

  5. Paul says:

    Sorry but the blame gets laid squarely at the feet of the manager. No other team in the majors has their number four hitter bunting with a man non and nobody out at any point in the game … it just doesn’t happen. The fact that they got a more favorable outcome than they normally would have because the third baseman didn’t field the ball cleanly is just dumb luck nothing more.

    The number four hitter on a major league team is supposed to be driving in those runs with extra base hits not moving them over with bunts and leaving it to the bottom of the order to try to them in … it’s an utterly insane and unproductive approach and the opposition managers and coaches must be laughing their butts off behind the closed doors watching this nonsense.

    The facts of this are reflected is the last in the majors run totals the team is sporting and it won’t change until dinosaurs like Hurdle and Ritchie are removed from the organization.

  6. lc says:

    Paul I like to win, however it gets done is fine with me.

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