Koji Blows First Save In 3-2 Loss

W – Joba Chamberlain (3-4)     L – Koji Uehara (1-1)

– Brad Bergesen pitched a hell of a game and deserved to come away with the victory. He twirled 6.1 innings of one run ball on 4 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. He got nine ground ball outs and his stuff actually looks better than it did in his successful rookie season, as evidenced by the strikeouts of late.
– Koji Uehara cost Bergesen the win, blowing his first save since becoming the closer. He gave up a lead off single in the bottom of the 9th, then got an out, but Nick Swisher took him deep ending the game. Even hall of fame closers blow a save every once in a while but it still stings.
– Mark Hendrickson replaced Bergesen in the 7th to face a lefty and he struck him out. Jim Johnson followed suit with a right handed pinch hitter and gave up a single, but was able to end the inning without allowing a run. He also pitched a scoreless 8th.
– The Orioles only runs came on Matt Wieters’ two run homer in the top of the 5th inning. It was a bomb to the opposite field, an impressive shot that gave the Orioles the lead and looked like a win. Wieters has been on fire in September, just like last year. He owns this month.
– Adam Jones singled twice, Brian Roberts doubled, Nick Markakis singled and walked, and Josh Bell singled for our other hits in the game.

Player of the game: Brad Bergesen – 6.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K (5.29 ERA)

The Orioles have off tomorrow before flying into Detroit. Kevin Millwood (3-15, 5.38) gets the series started against Armando Galarraga (4-5, 3.89), who pitches for the Tigers.

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