Bats Come Alive In 5-2 Win

W – Brad Bergesen (3-2)     L – Ryan Rowland-Smith (0-3)     SV – Alfredo Simon (4)

It looks like Brad Bergesen is back in form afterall. Last start he pitched seven shut out innings but still didn’t look like he was the same pitcher as last year. But tonight I can say that he did. He pitched seven more shut out innings last night before giving up a run in the 8th. Even then he was a victim of tough luck. He easily recorded the first two outs of the inning on a strikeout and groundout, but then Ichiro singled on a ball that Julio Lugo should’ve been able to get him out on. Instead he lost control of the ball when he went to throw it. Ichiro stole second base and the next batter blooped a single into left field to score the run. Bergesen ended up giving up that run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts over 7.2 innings. The best sign that hes back to his old self though was he got 16 ground ball outs and only 3 fly ball outs. Will Ohman came in to get the lefty out but he couldn’t and was immediately taken out in favor of Koji Uehara who was able to get the last out. Koji started the 9th but for the first time since coming off the DL looked human. He walked the lead off batter than allowed a single before being replaced by the closer, Alfredo Simon. A run scored on a sacrifice fly but that was it.

Corey Patterson, spark plug? I wouldn’t go that far but he did start the rally when we scored our first two runs. He opened the 3rd inning with a single, moved to second on an Adam Jones single, and scored (along with Jones) on Miguel Tejada’s double into the right center field gap. Luke Scott led off the 4th with a homerun to knock the Mariners starter out of the game. Scott looked like hes about to go on one of his hot streaks and we can only hope thats the case. He hit the ball hard all night including leading off the 6th inning with a double to center field. Garrett Atkins followed with a double of his own (he also walked), Cesar Izturis hit a sacrifice fly to score Scott, and Jones singled in another run. Jones actually had another single in the game too, giving him three for the game and increasing his batting average 25 points in the process. Tejada had a single to go along with his double, Nick Markakis singled, as did Ty Wiggington and Matt Wieters. It was an encouraging night but we’ve had a few of those over the last couple of weeks and we still haven’t turned the corner.

Player of the game: Luke Scott – 2-4, 2 R, RBI, double (6), HR (5) (.200 AVG)

We’ll see how the offense fares against Felix Hernandez (2-3, 4.30) in an early day game today at 12:35. Kevin Millwood (0-4, 3.26) seeks his first win of the season in the game.

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