August 7, 2008
Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 0: Almost Perfect
W: Karstens (2-0)
L: Johnson (9-8)
New Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens almost perfected the art of pitching yesterday. Thankfully, he didn’t because the come-down from that high would be particularly devastating.
“All right, I pitched a perfect game!”
“Oh, no, it was for the Pirates.”
Talk about a meaningless effort right there. Karstens was very good in his second start, though, and hasn’t allowed a run yet as a Pirate. Pittsburgh can only hope that competency continues from Karstens and all the other players they received.
The perfect game bid was broken up in the 8th by Chris Young. Karstens’ final line was 9 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.