O’s Lose Rubber Game 5-4

W – James Shields (8-9)     L – Brad Bergesen (3-8)     SV – Rafael Soriano (24)

I sense a trend here… Brad Bergesen had another rough outing today but at least he was able to eat some innings and spare the bullpen from too much more punishment. He gave up a run in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and another in the 3rd but was able to keep the Rays off the board in the 4th and 5th while the offense tied the game at four. Unfortunately for him he tired in the 6th inning and a mental mistake gave him an extra run on his line and a loss. He gave up a single to BJ Upton to lead off the inning and then Upton stole second base. It looked like he was out at second but the umpire missed the call. A groundball advanced him to third and then Bergesen walked the next two batters to load the bases. Jason Berken was brought in to get a groundball and start a double play and he did just that. Except Miguel Tejada hesitated after fielding a hard hit groundball right at him at third base before throwing home. The catchers throw to first wasn’t in time to get the runner. If Tejada would’ve just went to second base right away the double play would’ve been turned. Instead Berken walked the next batter to force in the game deciding run. Mark Hendrickson then came in and got out of the inning. He continued on and pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th before David Hernanez came in and threw a scoreless 9th, striking out two batters.

The Orioles did a good job of coming back from the early 4-0 defecit to tie the game. In the bottom of the 4th, Luke Scott singled and scored on Ty Wiggington’s 16th homerun of the season to cut the lead in half. Adam Jones followed with a single and then Jake Fox doubled him in to make it a one run game. We tied it up in the 5th inning when Miguel Tejada was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count, Nick Markakis hit a ground rule double, and Scott bounced into an RBI groundout. Unfortunately we couldn’t cash in on any other opportunities and in fact, we were 0-9 with runners in scoring position. Wiggington and Scott each also doubled in the game. Tejada and Julio Lugo also singled and Corey Patterson walked. I’m sure it was tough to go out and play a game around noon after a 13 inning affair the night before but both teams had to do it. We’re now 34 games under .500 and we’re fast approaching the July 31st trade deadline. We’re expected to ship away some veterans so I wouldn’t expect the record to improve too much over the rest of the season.

Player of the game: Ty Wiggington – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, double (16), HR (16) (.250 AVG)

Kevin Millwood (2-8, 5.77) returns from the disabled list to start against the Twins in game one of a four game set. Its Carl Pavano’s (11-6, 3.48) turn to throw for Minnesota.

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