Jeff Karstens' rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday night was to go four innings or 60 pitches, but he was so clean through four (facing the minimum 12 batters) that he returned to the mound for the fifth at Louisville and got only one more out while allowing five runs, three earned. Karstens made 59 pitches, walking two and fanning two.
The 3-2 walk-off win improved the Bucs' record on Saturdays to 7-1, including six consecutive wins.
Josh Harrison drew a walk and laid down a sacrifice bunt, but otherwise went 0-for-3 to end his 10-game hitting streak, which had been tied for the NL's longest active streak.
This probably is not on Nate McLouth's bucket list, but the ex-Pirates outfielder is casting about for his next team as the leader among "active" players for most games played without ever stepping on artificial turf: 765; the gem is from the Elias Sports Bureau.