O’s Shutout Twins 2-0

W – Brad Bergesen (2-2)     L – Carl Pavano (3-3)     SV – Alfredo Simon (3)

The Orioles didn’t get much offense last night but it was more than enough with the pitching we got. Brad Bergesen easily had his best game of the season, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings. He allowed 6 hits and 2 walks but didn’t strike out anybody. The funny thing is I still didn’t think he looked as good as he did last year. He still has some work to do but hopefully this will get his confidence up and lead to better results. He was pounding the strikezone and was able to get 12 groundball outs so thats a good sign. Still I’d like to see him miss a few more bats. Will Ohman came in with two outs in the 7th inning and runners on first and second. He walked the first batter he faced but was able to strike out Jim Thome to end the inning. Koji Uehara made a triumphant return to the ballclub pitching a perfect 8th inning with a strikeout. Hes going to be a big boost for our bullpen. Alfredo Simon got his first three up, three down inning since being called up to record the save. It was a very well played game on the pitching and defense side of things.

The offense on the other hand grounded into three double plays and was 0-2 with runners in scoring position. Fortunately we got a pair of runs in the 2nd inning on Ty Wiggington’s 10th homerun of the season with Miguel Tejada on base. He also had a single in the game. Tejada reached first base on an infield single. He had another single and a walk later in the game. Nick Markakis singled and walked, continuing his steady play. Garrett Atkins and Rhyne Hughes each had singles and Matt Wieters walked. I don’t remember ever seeing a team that grounds into more double plays than the 2010 Orioles. We’re tied for the most GIDPs in the american league. Its a real rally killer and that plus our frequent inability to hit with runners in scoring position is a huge reason why our offense has been so putrid. Luckily we were able to win despite those failures last night thanks to some great pitching but that obviously won’t always be the case.

Player of the game: Ty Wiggington – 2-4, 2 Run HR (10) (.299 AVG)

Tonight’s game has been postponed due to rain. The teams will play a day/night doubleheader tomorrow. Game 1 will feature Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.15) against Francisco Liriano (4-0, 1.50) while the matchup in game 2 will be Jeremy Guthrie (0-4, 4.78) against Scott Baker (3-2, 5.35). A split would be nice, a sweep would be spectacular.


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