O’s Lose Tough One 3-2

W – Tim Wakefield (3-2)     L – Brad Bergesen (3-5)     SV – Jonathon Papelbon (19)

Brad Bergesen got screwed last night. He pitched a great game and got the loss despite the fact that he didn’t give up the winning run. The only damage he gave up himself were two solo homeruns, both from JD Drew. Drew has the Orioles number this year. That was his second multi homer game against us this year and he has five total against on the season. He pitched 7.2 innings, officially allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. He didn’t walk a batter, struck out a career high 7 batters, and got more groundballs than flyballs (9-5). He had retired eight batters in a row entering the 8th inning and got the first two batters out before giving up a double off the green monster. It was on Bergesen’s 100th pitch and Juan Samuel decided to bring in Will Ohman to face a lefty. I would’ve left Bergesen in there for one more batter. He was pitching so well that I would let the game live or die in his hands. Unfortunately when Ohman came in the Red Sox brought in a right handed batter to pinch hit which Ohman doesn’t handle as well. A bloop single later and the Red Sox have the lead and they go on to win. Bergesen’s fine start was wasted but hopefully its a sign that hes righted the ship.

The offense was thrown off balance by the knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. We got a few hits here and there but other than Nick Markakis’ solo homerun in the top of the 4th inning they were all singles and spread out too much. We got our other run in the 5th inning on a bunch of singles. Josh Bell hit the first one and he moved to second on Cesar Izturis’ single. Corey Patterson’s single brought Bell in to give the O’s a brief lead. Our only other hits were singles by Miguel Tejada, Adam Jones, and Julio Lugo. Matt Wieters walked. It was a very quick game with both teams not taking many pitches. Hopefully that had more to do with a strategy against the knuckleball and we can get back to hitting the way we did last week.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 1-4, solo HR (4) (.303 AVG)

Its game two tonight with the lefty Jon Lester (9-3, 2.86) on the hill for the Red Sox. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 4.30)  pitches for the birds.

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