Break Cools Off O’s As They Lose 4-2

W – Ricky Romero (7-6)     L – Brad Bergesen (3-7)     SV – Kevin Gregg (21)

The all-star break couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Orioles. Coming off of our four game sweep in Texas it appears we lost all momentum over the four day break. We were facing a tough lefty in Ricky Romero. We traditionally struggle against lefties and tonight was no different. We scored two runs in the bottom of the 5th inning on an RBI single by Julio Lugo and a fielding error on a ball hit by Cesar Izturis. We had seven hits split between four batters. Miguel Tejada singled and walked, Lugo singled twice, Ty Wiggington doubled, singled, and scored a run, as did Felix Pie. 3-10 with runners in scoring position isn’t horrible but we just didn’t have too many opportunities. Josh Bell sat on the bench like I had feared, although he struggles against lefties but I’d still like to see him get an opportunity to show what he can do.

Brad Bergesen pretty much mirrored his last start, giving up 4 runs over 6 innings on 9 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. He gave up a run in each of the first three innings and another in the 6th. He got 11 ground outs to only four fly outs but he gave up a solo homerun, his 12th allowed on the season. Thats way too many for a pitcher that relies on a high ground ball rate. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 7th inning and Will Ohman got the first two outs of the 8th. Koji Uehara came in after a single and struck out the last batter of the inning. He came back out for the 9th and recorded the first two outs before a walk caused Juan Samuel to bring David Hernandez in, who got out the only batter he faced. The bullpen continued to pitch well so at least theres that. I’m not quite sure why we still have Frank Mata on the roster when we’re dealing with a three man bench with no real backup catcher. Sometimes the roster management of this team makes me shake my head…

Player of the game: Felix Pie – 2-4, R, double (3) (.350 AVG)

Tomorrow night brings another game with Jeremy Guthrie (3-10, 4.77) potentially pitching in one of his last games as an Oriole against Brandon Morrow (5-6, 4.86).

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