Rays Complete Sweep Of O’s 9-1

W – David Price (2-0)     L – Brad Bergesen (0-1)

This game was over after the third inning. Brad Bergesen just didn’t have his usual stuff today and got shelled. In the first inning he got a quick out but Miguel Tejada and Cesar Izturis couldn’t communicate on a pop up and it fell in for an error. Evan Longoria walked, then Carlos Pena hit a three run homer – his second in as many at bats. It was more of the same in the third when Carl Crawford doubled and Pena was intentionally walked after a couple of outs. BJ Upton followed with a three run homerun of his own. To start the fourth Bergesen gave up a double, hit a batter, and another double before being replaced by Jason Berken. His final line would be: 3 IP, 7 H, 8 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K. Berken walked the first batter he faced then gave up an RBI single to Longoria, but was able to get out of the inning without any more damage by striking out Pena and getting Upton to ground into a double play. Berken would go on to pitch five strong innings, striking out five and only giving up one run on another Upton homer – this time a solo shot. Mark Hendrickson pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two.

The hitting again was a let down. Our only run came in the fourth when Miguel Tejada hit a solo homerun. Ty Wiggington had a pair of singles, Nick Markakis hit a triple, Felix Pie lined a double down the right field line in his only at bat, Luke Scott singled and walked, and Adam Jones walked for the first time this year. Tejada also walked for his first time to go along with his homerun. The bottom of the lineup went 1 for 18. You can’t win with that kind of production from your 5-9 hitters. It really shows how much we miss Brian Roberts out there. He makes our lineup alot better. And on days when Matt Wieters sits, our lineup becomes very weak. Garrett Atkins isn’t hitting the ball with any kind of authority and Nolan Reimold is off to an ice cold start.

Player of the game: Jason Berken (5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K (2.08 ERA))

The Orioles fly off to the west coast to start their 10 game road trip that ends in Boston. But first stop is Oakland, where David Hernandez (0-1, 3.00) goes up against Ben Sheets (0-0, 4.09).

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