Archive for July, 2009

Bergesen To DL; Ray and Mickolio Up

July 31, 2009

The Orioles have placed RHP Brad Bergesen on the 15 day disabled list with a left shin contusion. RHP Chris Ray has been activated from the disabled list to replace him on the roster. The Orioles have also recalled RHP Kam Mickolio from AAA Norfolk to replace LHP George Sherrill on the roster.

Grade: B

Losing Bergesen hurts. Hopefully he won’t be out for long and he can come back to the rotation when his 15 days are up. The x-rays on his leg came back negative, but the bruise was deep enough to make him unable to make at least his next start. Ray threw 3 scoreless innings in his injury rehab with AA Bowie over 3 appearances. He’ll try to earn his set up man job back. I’m glad Mickolio will be back with the club. He looked good in his limited time with the O’s a couple weeks ago, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings in 3 games. I’d like to see Danys Baez and Mark Hendrickson traded so we can give RHP Jim Miller and LHP Wilfredo Perez a look in the bullpen.

Down On The Farm: July 30th

July 31, 2009

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AAA Norfolk 3, Indianapolis 11

RHP Andy Mitchell: 4 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, BB, 3 K, L (9-3) (4.56 ERA)
1B Brandon Snyder: 2-4, RBI (.248 AVG)

AA Bowie 2, Connecticut 3

RHP Brandon Erbe: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (2.50 ERA) – Minor league player of the night
2B Miguel Abreu: 3-4, RBI, double (24) (.298 AVG)
SS Robert Valido: 1-3, R, double (9) (.219 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 3, Hudson Valley 1

RHP Kenny Moreland: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (6-1) (0.88 ERA) – Moreland needs to be moved up immediately. Hes 23, dominating, and already had 2 good starts at high A Frederick before being assigned to Aberdeen.
DH Levi Carolus: 2-4, RBI, double (12) (.325 AVG)
LF Arthur Bonevacia: 2-3, RBI (.220 AVG)
1B Tom Baxter: 1-3, RBI, double (6) (.258 AVG)

O’s Split Series; Win 7-3

July 31, 2009

Brad Bergesen improved his record to 7-5.

Bergesen pitched an excellent game yesterday. He held the Kansas City Royals to only 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings while striking out 6 batters. He also didn’t give up that run until the 7th inning, when the game was already in hand with a 7-0 lead. Unfortunately he was hit by a line drive against the last batter he faced, although Matt Wieters turned into an out by firing to first to get the runner. The ball hit Bergesen on the upper shin and he had to limp off the field. He was definitely in pain. Mark Hendrickson pitched the last 2 innings and struck out 3 batters, but he gave up 2 runs on homerun in the 8th inning.

Ty Wiggington got the offense going in the 2nd inning, hitting his 7th homerun, a solo shot, into the stands in left center field. The O’s broke the game open in the 5th. Matt Wieters started it off with a double. After a pop out and a strikeout, Felix Pie singled and Adam Jones walked to load the bases. Nick Markakis singled in one of the runners, still leaving the bases loaded. That wouldn’t last long as Aubrey Huff cleared them with 21st double of the year. Back to back doubles by Cesar Izturis and Brian Roberts put another run on the board, then a Pie single scored the 7th run. Pie has had an OPS just over .800 since his struggles in April.

Player of the game: Brad Bergesen (7 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W (7-5) (3.43 ERA))

We start a 3 game series with the Boston Red Sox tonight. Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 5.21) vs. John Smoltz (1-4, 7.04) is the match up in game 1.

Sherrill Traded To Dodgers

July 30, 2009

The Orioles have traded LHP George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 3B Josh Bell and RHP Steve Johnson.

Grade: B+

This was another great trade by Andy MacPhail and made his previous trade of Erik Bedard even better. Josh Bell is our ‘third baseman of the future’ as long as he has the defense to be able to stay at third. Our scouts must think he can for him to be the headline of the trade. Bell is a switch hitter with a big build. Scouts say he has big power potential. He hits alot of doubles now, but hes playing in a pitcher friendly league in AA and they should translate into homeruns eventually. Hes 22 years old and should start out at AA Bowie for the O’s. With AA Chattanooga he was batting .296/.386/.497 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, and 11 homeruns. Hes also shown an ability to take a walk with a 50:70 walk to strikeout ratio. I would say if he keeps developing he’ll be the Orioles starting third baseman by the middle of next season.

Steve Johnson is the son of former Oriole and current radio announcer Dave Johnson. He has 4 average to slightly above average pitches (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup), his fast ball is in the high 80’s to low 90’s, but he strikes out alot of batters so he must know how to pitch. This season hes spent most of his time in high A ball, just recently getting promoted to AA and starting 2 games there. In high A, he was 8-4 with a 3.82 ERA. He struck out 102 batters in 96.2 innings and walked 42. In AA he was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA. He struck out 15 batters in 10.2 innings and walked 3. He should also start out at AA Bowie with the Orioles. I would slot him behind Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Matt Hobgood, and Zach Britton as far as our starting pitching prospects go. He’d probably be in the Brandon Erbe, Troy Patton, David Hernandez range. Overall, I think it was a deal the Orioles couldn’t pass up to add a potential third baseman of the future and another arm to the ‘cavalry’. Sherrill was great as an Oriole but closers are continuously overrated in the trade market and unpredictable from year to year. His main asset is as a left handed specialist and he should help the Dodgers out in the late innings.

O’s Win In Tillman’s Debut 7-3

July 30, 2009

Mat Albers gets the win, his 2nd.

The big story was Chris Tillman making his major league debut. He gave up three homeruns and was hit hard a little bit, but he showed he definitely has the stuff of a top of the rotation starter. His fastball ranged from 92-96 with some good movement at times, he couldn’t get his curveball over for a strike but you could see how it will be effective once he can, and his changeup might’ve been his most impressive pitch even though he apparently just learned it not too long ago. He ended up going 4.2 innings in the game, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk to go along with 2 strikeouts. He had to have been nervous despite not looking like it. Give him the rest of the season and I’m sure we’ll be happy with how he turns out. Matt Albers did a great job finishing off the 5th and going 2 more innings without giving up a run while striking out 2. Jim Johnson finished off the game by throwing 2 scoreless innings, striking out 4 batters.

Adam Jones loves the 1st inning. After Brian Roberts singled to lead it off, Jones hit his 3rd straight 1st inning homerun to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead. That would be all we could get off of Zack Greinke who went 6 innings. Our hitters must’ve been thrilled to see him go because we scored 3 runs in the 7th to take a lead we would never relinquish. Cesar Izturis and Roberts started it off with back to back walks. Jones doubled to right field, just missing another homerun, to tie the game. Then Nick Markakis ripped a single into right center field to score Roberts and Jones. Markakis would single in another run in the 8th, as would Aubrey Huff right behind him to give us our 7 runs. It was an exciting night at the yard, culminating in an Orioles victory.

Player of the game: Adam Jones (2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, double (19), HR (17) (.298 AVG))

Brad Bergesen (6-5, 3.56) starts an early afternoon game today in our last game before the trade deadline. Speculation is George Sherrill to the Dodgers, but we’ll see. Luke Hochevar (6-3, 4.84) pitches for the Royals.

Down On The Farm: July 29th

July 30, 2009

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AAA Norfolk 6, Indianapolis 5

RHP Jake Arrieta: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, BB, 6 K (4.70 ERA)
RF Jeff Fiorentino: 4-4, R, 2 RBI, BB (.326 AVG)
SS Justin Turner: 2-3, R, RBI, BB, double (21) (.309 AVG)

AA Bowie 6, Connecticut 2

RHP Ryohei Tanaka: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K, W (1-1) (1.80 ERA)
DH Paco Figeuroa: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, double (12) (.310 AVG)
CF Danny Figueroa: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, double (6) (.338 AVG)
1B Eric Crozier: 2-4, R, RBI (.262 AVG)

High A Frederick 1, Salem 0

RHP Pedro Beato: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K (4.53 ERA) – Minor league player of the night
CF Matt Angle: 2-4, RBI (.287 AVG)
3B Matt Tucker: 1-2, BB (.321 AVG)

A Delmarva 4, Asheville 5

LHP Nathan Moreau: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K (3.92 ERA)
3B Tyler Kolodny: 3-5, 2 R, 3 doubles (19) (.244 AVG)
DH Xavier Avery: 3-5, RBI, double (11) (.261 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 0, Hudson Valley 2

LHP Tyler Sexton: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, L (2-4) (3.14 ERA)
2B Michael Mooney: 2-3, double (5) (.253 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 6, Princeton 7

RHP Justin Moore: 4.1 IP, H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K (3.28 ERA)
2B Gary Helmick: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, BB, double (4), HR (3) (.306 AVG)
1B Mike Flacco: 2-6, R, 2 RBI, double (8), HR (1) (.235 AVG)
RF Luis Ramirez: 2-5, R, triple (3) (.200 AVG)
C Joel Polanco: 2-4, R, 2 RBI (.302 AVG)

GCL Orioles 0, Twins 4

RHP Daurin Tavarez: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 K, L (1-1) (1.73 ERA)
LHP Tony Butler: IP, 0 ER (0.00 ERA) – Butler was the 5th and final piece to the Erik Bedard trade. He hurt his arm last year and now hes finally starting his comeback. He was highly regarded by some before the injury.

Hill To DL; Tillman Recalled

July 29, 2009

The Orioles have placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15 day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. They have recalled RHP Chris Tillman from AAA Norfolk to take his spot in the rotation.

Grade: A

Its unfortunate that Hill appears to have been pitching hurt, but it turns out to be a blessing for the Orioles as we can just put him on the disabled list and not have to worry about trying to pass him through waivers. The cavalry is really starting to arrive now with Tillman joining Bergesen, Hernandez, and Berken in the rotation. LHP Brian Matusz is dominating at AA, ready to be promoted to AAA, RHP Jake Arrieta is progressing at AAA after dominating AA, and LHP Zach Britton is dominating high A ball. I can’t wait to see what Tillman can bring to the table. He should be given a spot in the rotation for the rest of the year.

O’s Lose Again, This Time In Extras 4-3

July 29, 2009

Danys Baez lost his 4th game to even his record.

It wasn’t looking good for Jason Berken after the first inning. I thought we might have to replace both him and Rich Hill after he gave up a two run homer so early in the game. But luckily for him and the Orioles he was able to settle down after that. He ended up going 6 innings, only giving up those 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3 batters. That should give him a chance to stay in the rotation until at least September I would think. Mark Hendrickson pitched a perfect 7th, but Jim Johnson continued his struggles giving up a solo homerun that tied the game at 3. George Sherrill hopefully impressed the scouts with his clean inning to send into extra innings. Baez got through the 10th, but a swinging bunt single, a stolen base, and another single later and he had given up the lead. It was some pretty tough luck, he was throwing the ball pretty good.

Again, the hitting was probably the reason we lost. Thats the last thing we expected to be repeating most of the season long. We quickly got out to a 2-0 lead after Brian Roberts singled and Adam Jones hit a homerun for the 2nd night in a row, his 16th on the season. We took a brief 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th on a Matt Wieters RBI single. It was one of his four hits in the game, the first time hes had that many in his career. Nolan Reimold had 2 singles and a walk in the game, his 5th multi-hit game in a row. Cesar Izturis added a couple of singles and Roberts hit his 35th double, which leads the league. But the offense just seems to shut down as the game goes into the later innings.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters (4-5, RBI (.273 AVG))

Tonight is the game we’ve been waiting for. Chris Tillman (0-0, -.–) will make his major league debut, as long as the weather holds out, against Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke (10-6, 2.04).

Down On The Farm: July 28th

July 29, 2009

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AAA Norfolk 6, Indianapolis 7

LHP Chris Waters: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, L (8-5) (4.68 ERA)
1B Brandon Snyder: 3-4, 2 R, triple (2) (.235 AVG)
LF Victor Diaz: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, double (1) (.212 AVG)
SS Blake Davis: 2-4, 2 RBI, triple (1) (.242 AVG)

AA Bowie 12, Connecticut 13

LF Jonathon Tucker: 5-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.274 AVG) – Minor league player of the night
CF Danny Figueroa: 3-5, R, 3 RBI, double (5), HR (2) (.338 AVG)
3B Miguel Abreu: 3-6, 2 R, double (23) (.295 AVG)
C Steve Torrealba: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, HR (1) (.400 AVG)
1B Eric Crozier: 2-7, 2 run HR (6) (.254 AVG)

High A Frederick 3, Salem 2

LHP Rick Zagone: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K (5.40 ERA)
RHP Eddie Gamboa: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K, W (3-0) (0.00 ERA)
3B Brandon Waring: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR (17) (.269 AVG)
LF Tyler Henson: 3-4, RBI (.263 AVG)
C Caleb Joseph: 2-4, RBI (.335 AVG)
SS Pedro Florimon: 2-4, R (.253 AVG)

Short A Aberdeen 2, Brooklyn 1

RHP Patrick Kantakevich: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (2-2) (3.66 ERA)
C Justin Dalles: 1-4, R, double (4) (.225 AVG)
CF Richard D Oleo: 1-4, double (10) (.263 AVG)

Rookie Bluefield 2, Princeton 8

RHP Jorge Almanzar: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (1-2) (3.86 ERA)
LF Lance West: 2-4, R, double (3) (.250 AVG)

GCL Orioles 2, Reds 0

RHP Zach Petersime: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, W (3-0) (2.30 ERA)
CF Moises Ciriaco: 2-3, 2 R, BB, double (3) (.222 AVG)
3B Tyler Stampone: 2-4 (.289 AVG)

Hill, Orioles Lose 5-3

July 28, 2009

Matt Albers is now 1-4 pitching out of the bullpen after picking up the loss last night.

It is safe to say Rich Hill will be the odd man out come Wednesday to make room for Chris Tillman. He couldn’t make it out of the 3rd inning last night, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. If that wasn’t enough, Hill said after the game that hes been pitching with tendinitis all season. Thanks for letting us know Rich. Although that could explain his troubles, plus it makes it easier to just put him on the DL so we don’t have to risk losing him on waivers. I would say we won’t see Rich Hill again in 2009. Brian Bass came in and pitched admirably. He didn’t allow a run in 3.1 innings. Matt Albers came in to finish off the 6th, then gave up a run in the 7th. Danys Baez continued to diminish his trade value by giving up a run on 3 hits in the 8th, although the run was unearned. Cla Meredith hasn’t given up a run as an Oriole (knock on wood) and that continued last night as he threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Adam Jones got things started in the 1st with his 15th homerun. It was an impressive shot to right center field. Jones is at his best when hes hitting with power to the opposite field. He also brought in the Oriole’s 2nd run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Way to take one for the team. Matt Wieters knocked in the only other run with a single that scored Aubrey Huff, but Nolan Reimold was thrown out at home. He had no business even trying to score on the play, but thats on third base coach Juan Samuel. He needs to go at the end of the year. Or at least moved to the first base side. Hes been getting us in trouble on the bases all year. Cesar Izturis, Aubrey Huff, and Nolan Reimold each had two singles in the game. Reimold also added a walk.

Player of the game: Adam Jones (1-3, R, 2 RBI, HBP, HR (15) (.298 AVG))

Its Jason Berken’s (1-8, 6.55) turn tonight, but he should have less pressure now with last night’s developments. He’ll be opposed by Brian Bannister (6-7, 3.76).