AT&T Park | 4:05 | Karstens vs. Jonathan Sanchez | Box
It was bound to happen. But, this was plain ugly. Jeff Karstens had faced just nine Giants through the first three innings. And the Pirates had a 5-0 lead. But Karstens committed a throwing error on the lead off hitter in the fourth inning. Then the next seven hitters reach base. Then Karstens was pulled for T.J. Beam. But the damage was done. SF scored 10 times in the fourth and that was plenty.
The Pirates managed just three hits over the final five innings. Osiris Matos relieved Jonathan Sanchez after he lasted just three innings. Despite giving up two runs in two innings, Matos was the pitcher of record.
Good news, bad news. Robinson Diaz, who the Bucs got earlier in the year from Toronto for Jose Bautista had a pair of hits. Nate McLouth had to leave the game after he made a diving attempt at a liner that short hopped and caught him above the eye, causing a gash that needed stitches.
All that and sixteen straight losing seasons.
Will today be the day for #82?
Jonathan Sanchez who spent some time in August on the DL with shoulder issues will try to make that happen. He has not won since June 29 and is 0-6 with a 6.30 ERA since then in eight starts. One the year he is 8-10 with 139 strikeouts in 142 IP.
He lost to the Pirates on May 6. In 5-1/3 IP against Pittsburgh, his ERA 18.56. The Pirates are 9-19 against Sanchez. Both Ryan Doumit and Adam LaRoche have homered.
The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens he is coming off of a very tough four game stretch that has seem him go winless and post an ERA of 6.04 in 22-1/3 innings. Karstens has yet to face the Giants. Bengie Molina is the only Giants hitter to face Karstens. He is 1-3 with a double.