Pirates rout Manatee College, 8-1, in exhibition opener
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Cuban defector Yoslan Herrera pitched two perfect innings in the Pirates' 8-1 exhibition-opening rout of Manatee Community College today at McKechnie Field.
Herrera, pitching competitively for the first time since 2005, started and struck out two while facing the minimum six batters.
Using a lineup with only one major-league player -- catcher Ryan Doumit -- the Pirates leaped to a 6-0 lead after two innings. Highlights were Neil Walker's two-run double in the first inning and his brother-in-law, Don Kelly, going 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs. Kelly played at Mt. Lebanon High School and Point Park College.
Manatee's Bennett Davis drew the loudest applause of the afternoon for homering off Kip Bouknight in the sixth.
The Pirates open their Grapefruit League schedule tomorrow at McKechnie against Cincinnati. Zach Duke will start and be followed by Tom Gorzelanny, Salomon Torres, Kevin Gryboski and Matt Capps. Eric Milton will start for the Reds.