Pirates Drop Fifth Straight; Jakubauskas Staying Overnight at Hospital


EDIT: Rob Biertempfel reports CAT scan and x-rays are negative on Chris Jakubauskas.

Chris Jakubauskas has one of the best stories on the Pirates roster. Tonight, we trust he will be able to laugh this off as just another chapter. It certainly looked much worse but the latest indication on Jakubauskas was that he is now at Methodist Hospital where will be kept overnight for observation. Jakubauskas was called up from AAA Indianapolis and was making his first start of the season.

Berkman drove a 1-0 pitch back to the mound and it hit Jakubauskas in the head. Jakubauskas fell and the ball bounced

all the way back to catcher Jason Jaramillo. The pitcher was down for about seven minutes before sitting up. He was given a standing ovation from the 30,000 courteous Houston fans as he left the field on a cart.

Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez was masterful. He limited the Bucs to five hits, struckout seven and walked just one Pirate batter. The Pirates centered numerous balls, but it seemed each time the Houston Astros defenders were positioned perfectly. The Astros took advantage of the spread defense in left field several times during the evening building a 5-1 lead before Jaramillo launched his first homer of the season to cut the lead in the seventh inning.

Andrew McCutchen drove in the Pirates first run of the game from his three hole in the order.

The Pirates had the bases loaded in the ninth after a Delwyn Young walk, but Ronny Cedeno popped out on the first pitch to seal the Astros 5-2 victory giving the Astros their sixth win in the past seven games.

The Pirates struckout ten times and have lost five games in a row. The Astros go for the sweep today, first pitch will be 2:05pm.