MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon thought
Carlos Lee's line drive had shattered Mark Redman's kneecap. Redman
was hurting so bad he didn't dare look because he figured his knee
was blown open.
"I thought I was bleeding," Redman said. "It felt like a
gunshot."Catcher David Ross was the first one to get to the left-hander
splayed on the mound in the sixth inning of Pittsburgh's 4-2 win at
Milwaukee on Tuesday night and he, too, feared Redman had a broken
kneecap.Amazingly, however, Redman shook off the injury, finished the
inning and got some ice and an X-ray while the Pirates' bullpen and
bats finished off the Brewers.The X-rays were negative."Evidently, he's OK," McClendon said. "He'll probably be
stiff tomorrow."Lee sent a fastball right back up the middle in the sixth,
hitting Redman squarely on his right knee, the ball dribbling into
foul territory toward the Pirates' dugout on the third-base side.
Redman stayed down for a couple of minutes, then got to his feet,
threw three perfect pitches to test his plant leg and stayed in the
game."He was determined not to come out," marveled McClendon. "He
said, 'Skip, I'm finishing this inning."Two pitches later, he got Geoff Jenkins on a fly to the wall for
the last out.Milwaukee manager Ned Yost couldn't believe Redman's toughness."I didn't think there was any way he could get up and pitch,"
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."Redman (1-0) also survived a shaky start in which he allowed his
first two batters to score. But he settled down, allowing just
three more hits -- and five overall -- with no walks and five
strikeouts in six innings.Daryle Ward ended Pittsburgh's 56-inning homerless streak when
he sent a Gary Glover pitch off the right-field foul pole for a
two-run homer that erased the Brewers' 2-1 lead in the sixth.Ward's shot, just the second home run for the Pirates this
season, followed the third of four singles by Rob Mackowiak.Ross, who doubled twice, also hit his first homer, a solo shot
off Derrick Turnbow in the ninth, then Jose Mesa got three straight
outs for his third save in as many chances.Glover (0-1) labored through a 25-pitch first inning that began
with a four-pitch walk to Matt Lawton, but he stranded the bases
full when he got Ward to pop softly to shortstop J.J. Hardy with
two outs."I'd almost rather give up a solo shot on the first pitch than
throw four pitches nowhere near the zone," Glover said.Junior Spivey's RBI triple in the bottom of the first gave the
Brewers a 1-0 lead and he scored on Lyle Overbay's groundout. Ty
Wigginton and David Ross hit back-to-back doubles leading off the
second to cut Milwaukee's 2-0 lead in half.After Craig Wilson tracked down Jenkins' fly ball to end the
sixth, Salomon Torres replaced Redman to start the seventh, and
both Damian Miller and Hardy sent drives to the wall off him.
Hardy's ball was going out for a two-run shot that would have
restored Milwaukee's lead, but Wilson's leaping grab over the wall
kept it a 3-2 game."We hit three balls right to the wall and they made nice plays
on all three off them," lamented Yost.And Redman made a nice recovery from the comebacker.
Glover allowed three earned runs and eight hits in six
innings with two walks and six strikeouts. ... Only 10,927 fans
were on hand after 42,458 watched the opener Monday. ... Mackowiak,
who entered batting .188 (3-for-16), had his second career four-hit
game. The other came on Aug. 20, 2003, at St. Louis.