Cincinnati (69-78) at Pittsburgh (59-88)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 17, 2005
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The Cincinnati Reds will be without first baseman Sean Casey when they resume a four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Freddie Sanchez singled over a drawn-in infield to score Craig Wilson with the winning run in the ninth inning Friday as the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 win to earn a doubleheader split.

Casey sustained a concussion after a collision with catcher Humberto Cota in the first game, an 8-2 Reds win. Felipe Lopez went 5-for-5, stole two bases and drove in two runs to help Cincinnati hand Pirates rookie Zach Duke his first major league loss.

Casey was taken off on a stretcher after Cota accidentally collided with him near first base. The Reds said that Casey’s CT scan at a Pittsburgh hospital was normal and he was experiencing a headache and neck soreness.

The team said the 31-year-old first baseman was briefly knocked unconscious by the collision, but was talking to trainers before his head was immobilized.

“Maybe I care about these guys too much, but I sure don’t want to see anybody get hurt,” Reds interim manager Jerry Narron said. “He’s got a lot of family here. I know we had guys on the field trying to get to them, to tell them he was OK. It’s got to be scary to see your son put on a stretcher and taken off, not really knowing.”

Casey, 0-for-3 in the first game, is hitting .312 this season with nine home runs and 58 RBIs.

Cincinnati, which has won five of seven, will send staff ace Aaron Harang to the mound on Saturday. Harang leads the Reds with 10 wins, 193 innings, 151 strikeouts and a 3.54 ERA. He’s 5-1 with a 4.02 ERA in seven career starts against Pittsburgh.

The Pirates will counter with rookie lefty Paul Maholm.

The 23-year-old Maholm has been impressive in three starts since making his major league debut on Aug. 30, going 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA. He’s given up four runs and 14 hits in 21 innings.

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Starting Pitchers

A. Harang PHI vs. P. Maholm CIN
11-13 Record 3-1
3.83 ERA 2.18
163 K 26
51 BB 17
1.27 WHIP 1.16