Rod Barajas led off the bottom of the 10th with a double off the top of the wall. Then, with two outs and pinch-runner Michael McKenry on third base, Alex Presley hit a broken bat grounder toward the hole on the left side. Jimmy Rollins back handed it and made the throw to first, but it wasn’t in time to catch the speedy Presley.
The Phillies took an early lead thanks to Hunter Pence‘s RBI infield single in the first. The Pirates tied things up in the sixth when Yamaico Navarro scored on a wild pitch by Cliff Lee after reaching on a pinch-hit walk earlier in the inning.
The Pirates pitching was outstanding yet again. Jeff Karstens gave up just the one run over six innings of work. Tony Watson, Jason Grilli, Joel Hanrahan, and Juan Cruz each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to keep the game tied.
I got to sit behind home plate tonight so I had a pretty good view of all the pitches being thrown. Let me say this, Jeff Karstens’ curve ball moves a ton. It was pretty ridiculous tonight and he kept batters off balance all game long throwing it in the perfect times. When he makes his pitches, he is tough to hit.
Matt Hague made his ML debut tonight. He went 0 for 3, but in no way looked out of sync or overmatched at any point against Cliff Lee. Look to see more of Hague when facing a left handed starter.