Saturday, June 4, 2011
Pirates steal a win from the Phillies
The Pittsburgh Pirates got their second walk-off win of the season -- both courtesy of Jose Tabata -- to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in 12 innings. It's Tabata's second career walk-off RBI.
The win was set up by a Xavier Paul steal of second base. Paul is just the fourth player this season to score a walk-off run in extra innings after stealing a base and he's the only one to do it with two outs in the inning.
The Pirates, who have had 18 straight losing seasons (a North American major sports record), have won five of their past six meetings with the Phillies, a team with eight straight winning seasons and four straight division titles.
Jeff Karstens went seven innings, allowing just four hits, one earned run and didn't walk a batter. It's his sixth straight start allowing two earned runs or fewer, and his ninth of 11 starts this season.
That continues the great starting pitching the Pirates have received this season; they're in the top five in the National League and top 10 in the majors in starters' ERA.
The Phillies got a great performance from their starter as well, as Cole Hamels allowed just one hit through eight innings of work. He struck out four but walked three and allowed just one earned run. It's his second start in two seasons where he's gone at least eight innings, allowed one hit and not gotten a decision.
He's the only active pitcher with two such starts in his career (8+ IP, one hit allowed, ND) and only the fifth Phillies pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to have such a start.