Game #102: Herrera Wins His First

PNC Park | 7:05 | Herrera vs. Clay Hensley | Box
Don’t know if this game is a blip on the radar or the start of a beautiful relationship. If it is only a one night stand, it was a fantastic night. Yoslan Herrera allowed just six singles and one walk over six innings while holding San Diego scoreless. That effort earned him his first ML win.
The Pirates offense continued it’s recent frenetic activity. The Bucs clouted three dingers and scored nine runs. Clay Hensley was tagged for six runs in five innings. The Pirates scored a pair in the first. Jason Bay and Xavier Nady hit solo homers in the fourth to make it 4-0. Two more runs were tacked on in the sixth before San Diego got to reliever Denny Bautista for a run in the 8th. The Pirates got their final three runs in the bottom of the 8th. Two of those came from a two run blast from Nate McLouth.
Freddy Sanchez had two more hits. Herrera’s game score was 63. Combined in 62 starts last year, Tony Armas, Zach Duke, Matt Morris, Shane Youman and John Van Benschoten had just four starts that were better than 63.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Like last night’s opposing starter Brian Moehler, tonight’s opposing tosser Clay Hensley has a past. He was suspended for a positive test for a banned substance while in the minors..
This year he has spent time on the DL after having shoulder surgery.
In between the steroids and the surgery, Hensley gave up #755 to Barry Bonds. The Padres acquired him from San Francisco for Matt Herges. Hey didn’t the Pirates have him once?
This will be Hensley’s first start of 2008. He has made three appearances and tossed five scoreless innings. He has made one start and one relief appearance against Pittsburgh in his career. He was victorious in the start, which was back in 2006.
The Pirates are just 5-23 against Hensley. Only Ryan Doumit (2-3) has more than one hit.
This will be part three of the Yoslan Herrera era. It can’t get much worse than it has been. He has pitched just six innings in his first two starts and allowed 13 earned runs.

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