(photo by John Lembo) - I love night games. Love them. And I love them at McKechnie Field, which as Pirates catcher Eric Fryer said, is a great place whether it's day or night.
(Fryer would know: He spent 83 games with the high Single-A Marauders in 2010).
I'm glad the Pirates play just one night game a year here at McKechnie. Do something more than once and it's no longer a novelty, and in a way, no longer special.
- Manatee football coach Joe Kinnan fired a perfect strike during the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. The Hurricanes were honored for winning the Class 7A state title last year. Kinnan was so worried he wouldn't throw a strike that he asked assistant coaches Dennis Stallard and Chuck Sandberg if they wanted to do it instead.
- Erik Bedard is looking sharp in his first start since being named the Pirates' Opening Day starter. He has allowed no runs and four hits through six innings, and struck out Adam Jones with the bases loaded to close the sixth.
- It's 0-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Orioles starter Tommy Hunter has allowed one hit, a double off the bat of Neil Walker that glanced off Jones' glove in centerfield.