O’s Blown Out 9-1

W – Phil Hughes (7-1)     L – Brad Bergesen (3-4)

If the Orioles are trying to find a way to get Jake Arrieta into the rotation maybe its time to move Brad Bergesen into the bullpen. With our bullpen in shambles he could give us a boost in that area until we get a little more healthy and also allow us to give Arrieta a look since hes dominating AAA and has nothing left to prove there. It would also give Bergesen a chance to figure things out at the big league level and jump back into the rotation if and when we trade one of Kevin Millwood (most likely) and/or Jeremy Guthrie. I’m not giving up on the kid but if hes going to be on the next great Oriole club it would most likely be as the 4th/5th starter or a bullpen guy. He got smoked tonight in New York, giving up 6 runs over 2.1 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks. I don’t know what the issue is, and he had a pretty good month of May, but hes been one of the biggest disappointments on the team this year. Mark Hendrickson did a solid job connecting the 3rd inning to the 6th, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 6th but gave up a two run homer in the 7th. Frank Mata gave up three hits (although the first one should have been called an error) and a run in the 8th, striking out his first major league batter.

The offense once again can only score one run. We had five doubles in the game but went 1-9 with runners in scoring position. Ty Wiggington singled in Nick Markakis, who had doubled, in the 6th inning for our lone run. Miguel Tejada had two doubles and a single, hopefully hes starting to heat back up. Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis had the other doubles, Izturis also singled as did Scott Moore. Scott and Wiggington walked. Matt Wieters went hitless again in four at bats and he has been incredibly disappointing. As has Adam Jones who struck out twice and now has a 5:44 walk to strikeout ratio. Thats awful. Corey Patterson is collapsing back to earth, but that was to be expected. I dare say we’ve ridden out his hot streak for as far as it could go. Scott Moore got his first hit since being called up and hes been a butcher in the field, he won’t be around for too long.

Player of the game: Miguel Tejada – 3-4, R, 2 doubles (10) (.264 AVG)

The Orioles will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Kevin Millwood (0-5, 3.89) continues his search for his first win of the season against CC Sabathia (4-3, 4.16).


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