Another Late Inning Loss, 7-5

W – Michael Wuertz (2-0)     L – Mark Hendrickson (1-3)     SV – Andrew Bailey (9)

Dave Trembley strikes again… How long can we keep this guy on as manager? Brad Bergesen pitched a good game, going 7 innings and allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Unfortunately for him two of those runs were let in by the bullpen in the 8th inning. Going into the 8th Bergesen had thrown 80 pitches and retired 14 straight batters but gave up back to back singles to open the frame. On the second batter it looked like he had struck the guy out but the umpire missed the call. Trembley decided it was time to remove Bergesen from the game after 93 pitches. Thats fine, he gave up back to back hits. Jason Berken came in and got the first and only batter he would face on an easy fly ball. Trembley decided to bring in Mark Hendrickson to face the back to back lefties coming up despite the fact that Berken has held left handed hitters to a .194 batting average this season while Hendrickson had a .333 batting average against them. After the game he said “I think you’re going to go left vs. left there. I think that’s really what you’re going to do”. No it isn’t Dave, not when the stats show reverse splits. It was a stupid move and it came back to bite him because after getting the first batter to pop out Hendrickson gave up three consecutive singles allowing both of Bergesen’s runners to score. Granted the last hit was on a ball that took a bad hop on Cesar Izturis but I don’t really think that makes a difference. Cla Meredith came in with the bases loaded now and promptly gave up a bases clearing double that pretty much ended the game.

The offense did a good job for the lineup that was put out there. Nick Markakis had to miss the game because his wife gave birth to their second child and Luke Scott had to sit out again with a sore shoulder. We tied the game at two in the bottom of the 3rd inning on an RBI groundout by Miguel Tejada and an RBI bloop single by Matt Wieters. The inning was set up by Cesar Izturis who singled and stole second base. An infield single by Julio Lugo and one of three walks for Ty Wiggington followed. We took the lead in the 6th inning. We loaded the bases when Wieters was hit by a pitch, Adam Jones singled, and Garrett Atkins walked and scored on an RBI groundout by Lou Montanez. We got two more in the 7th when Lugo singled, Wiggington walked, and Tejada singled in one and Garrett Atkins walked with the bases loaded for another. Wieters walked in the inning and singled again in the 9th when we tried to start a rally but couldn’t do anything with runners on base. We lose another series in spectacularly demoralizing fashion. It feels like September but its not even June yet.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-3, R, RBI, BB, HBP (.261 AVG)

Maybe a trip out of the country will help things as the Orioles fly to Toronto to face the Blue Jays. Game 1: Kevin Millwood (0-4, 3.71) vs. Shaun Marcum (4-1, 2.82) Game 2: Chris Tillman (0-0, -.–) vs. Brett Cecil (4-2, 4.10) Game 3: Jeremy Guthrie (3-4, 3.64) vs. Ricky Romero (4-2, 3.42)

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