Pittsburgh Jeff Karstens Almost 'Pirate Perfectio': 7 2/3 innings

bob mantzSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2008

Bleacher Report had the first photo of the first inning new Pittsburgh Pirate and ex-New York Yankee minor leaguer Jeff Karstens threw for the Pirates against the Chicago Cubs last Friday.  Karstens, a 'throw-in' when Pittsburgh traded Xavier Nady & lefty specialist Damaso Marte to the Yanks wasn't even listed in the initial trade reports.

He went on to pitch a shutout for six innings against the National League Central Division leading Cubs.  The Pirates won the game 3 - 0.

Well, Jeff was at it again today.  Out-dueling Randy Johnson, he of 293 career victories, and the first place Arizona Diamondbacks - the last place Pirates' hurler was perfect for 7 and 2/3 innings today before Chris Young doubled on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss.

Karstens' was still throwing in the 90s in the 9th but he walked leadoff hitter Augie Ojeda.  PH Tony Clark hit a 3-2 pitch into a double play removing the tying run from the plate.  SS Stephen Drew singled to center to break-up the 'one hitter' with 2 outs in the inning.  Potential tying run Orlando Hudson grounded out to first to end the game.  The Pirates won 2 - 0.

The New York Post reported today that while Jeff was was working his perfect game, his former teammates were 'glued' to the television in the clubhouse rooting him on.  Yankee Brian Bruney said aloud, "How did we trade him?"

Karsten's ERA in 15 innings since joining the pirates? 0.00

He also went 2-3 at the plate and scored a run.


 Bob Mantz can be reached at gnxfan@hotmail.com

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