How often do the Bucs have a laugher? Well, about as often as they play a community college. Pittsburgh rolled to a 21-1 victory this afternoon against State College of Manatee.
Steve Pearce doubled twice, walked, and collected four RBIs. Gorkys Hernandez drove in three runs with two singles. Garrett Atkins hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and Brian Friday added a solo shot in the sixth.
Aaron Thompson and Michael Crotta each struck out the side; Buc pitchers limited the college gang to four hits.
Clint Hurdle cleared the bench after three frames when the score reached 10-1 in the seven inning charity exhibition. The Bucs won last year 6-1.
The sledding gets a little tougher tomorrow in the Grapefruit League opener against Tampa Bay when the Bucs take on David Price and the Rays.