I always thought Jeff Karstens was a pretty good pitcher. Look at what he has done today against the D'Backs...it's all good cause we got Nady, but man has he been on fire his last couple games for the Pirates! I am happy for him.
Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens has retired the first 18 batters he's faced this afternoon in six innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.UPDATE 5:44 pm:
Karstens got two loud outs in the first inning. Orlando Hudson hit a fly ball to the warning track in center field and Conor Jackson flied out to deep right. In the fifth, center fielder Jason Michaels drifted back to the wall about 413 feet from home plate in order to catch Mark Reynolds' fly ball
Three of Karsten's 18 outs so far have come via strikeouts.
The Pirates have just two hits against Diamondbacks lefty Randy Johnson. Karstens singled in the third inning. With one out in the fourth, Freddy Sanchez hit a solo home run to left, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Karstens lost the perfect game & no-hitter when Chris Young doubled with 2 outs in the 8th. Still a stellar performance, congrat's Jeff!