Redman Notches First Victory

Mark Redman notched his first victory with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night but it came with a scare.

The left-hander allowed two runs in six innings in a 4-2 win over the Brewers at Milwaukee, scattering five hits while walking none and striking out five. That came on the heels of Redman pitching six shutout innings at San Diego last Thursday in his Pirates' debut.

However, it appeared Redman might be headed for a long disabled list stay when Milwaukee LF Carlos Lee hit a line-drive single directly off his right knee cap with two outs in the sixth inning. Redman was on the ground for nearly five minutes, but surprisingly stayed in the game and got RF Geoff Jenkins to hit an inning-ending fly out to left field before exiting.

"I thought I was bleeding," Redman said. "It felt like a gunshot."

However, X-rays were negative and Redman is expected to take his turn in the rotation Sunday against St. Louis in Pittsburgh. Redman showed quite a bit of fortitude for a pitcher who came over from Oakland in the Jason Kendall trade last November with the reputation of being soft.

"I didn't think there was any way he could get up and pitch," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "I thought that was something that could put him out for a long time. The ball hit him square on the knee, I mean it was a bullet. I was totally amazed that he could get up and pitch after that."

"He was determined not to come out," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He said, 'Skip, I'm finishing this inning.'"
  • C David Ross hit two doubles and a homer Tuesday as he spelled C Benito Santiago behind the plate. Ross is going to force the Pirates to make a tough decision when C Humberto Cota (strained muscle in his left side) comes off the disabled list. It was assumed Ross, purchased from Los Angeles during the final week of spring training, would be sent to Class AAA Indianapolis when Cota was activated. However, Ross is making a strong case to stay in the big leagues. Cota is expected to begin an injury rehabilitation assignment with Indianapolis either Wednesday or Thursday.

  • LHP Dave Williams will have his turn in the rotation skipped during this weekend's series with the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh because of Thursday's off day. Williams allowed only one run in 5 2/3 innings in beating San Diego last Sunday in his first start of the season, but McClendon wants to keep his other four starters on their regular schedules. Williams will face St. Louis next Tuesday on the final day of a five-game homestand while LHP Oliver Perez, RHP Kip Wells and Redman will pitch against the Cubs.

  • 1B Daryle Ward gave the offense a huge lift when his two-run homer in the sixth inning Tuesday put the Pirates ahead for good, 3-2, and ended their streak of 56 consecutive inning without a longball. Look for Ward to see more action at first as the Pirates try to bolster their offense. When Ward plays first, 1B/OF Craig Wilson shifts from first to left, OF Jason Bay goes from left to center and CF Tike Redman is benched.

  • Wilson isn't noted for his defense but he made perhaps the best play of his career Tuesday in the seventh inning when he leaped above the left-field fence to rob Brewers SS J.J. Hardy of a two-run homer, preserving the Pirates' 3-2 lead. Wilson has made so much improvement in the outfield in the past year that the Pirates are considering letting him play some left field in PNC Park, where the left-center gap is a spacious 410 feet.

  • INF/OF Rob Mackowiak has been seeing most of the action at second base since 2B Jose Castillo went on the DL last week with a strained muscle in his left side. The Pirates were willing to sacrifice some defense for offense by playing Mackowiak and he finally provided some punch Tuesday by going 4-for-4 after starting the season 3-for-16 (.188). The four hits matched Mackowiak's career high, which he established on Aug. 20, 2003 at St. Louis.

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