The brooms were out in full force this afternoon as Jeff Karstens led the Pirates to a sweep of the Marlins. He had a rough first inning, but put up zeroes from there as the Bucs moved to 14 games over .500.
Karstens gave up a single to lead off the game, but picked Jose Reyes off. He gave up another single, followed by a walk. After a groundout, he walked another batter, loading the bases. He somehow escaped the jam by getting a flyout, and cruised from there. Jeff went seven innings, giving up just three more hits, while striking out three. If he can keep pitching like this, the Pirates will have a legitimate “big three” of Burnett, McDonald, and Karstens.
Meanwhile, Cutch drove in a run in the first with a base hit, and that would really be all the Pirates needed. Pedro Alvarez launched his 21st bomb of the year in the seventh to make it 3-0, while Jared Hughes and Joel Hanrahan both pitched 1-2-3 innings to close out the game. Miami starter Anibal Sanchez pitched pretty well, striking out eight batters, but he just couldn’t get any offensive support.
Of course, the Reds also completed a sweep today, so there’s no change in the division standings. The Pirates will finish off their homestand with a series against the Cubs, starting tomorrow.
Pirates (54-40) – Marlins (44-51)
Win: Karstens (3-2)
Loss: Sanchez (5-7)
Save: Hanrahan (28)