Thursday, April 22, 2010

(2-14) More bad news as O's swept by Mariners

Brad Bergesen's start in Game 1 of the series was enough to get him demoted. His 7 runs (4 earned) in 2 2/3 innings put the O's so far behind that Luke Scott's RBI double and Ty Wigginton's 5th home run went unnoticed in the 8-2 loss. Bergesen, who was 0-2 with a 12.19 ERA in 3 starts, will join Chris Tillman in the AAA rotation. Tillman, by the way, is struggling big time. If you remember, I said that sending him down would only mess with him. I'm just saying...

The second game produced only 4 Oriole hits and 1 run on a Nolan Reimold double. David Hernandez allowed 3 runs in 6 1/3 but took the loss, his third on the year. The final score was 3-1.

Kevin Millwood's complete game was not enough to win the finale, and the man with a 3.38 ERA is now 0-3 on the year. Opposing pitcher Felix Hernandez allowed just one run off an RBI single by Matt Wieters. All 9 of the O's hits were singles, led by Nick Markakis with 3. Lou Montanez and Garrett Atkins each had 2.

Left-handed reliever Alberto Castillo replaced Bergesen on the roster and the O's will go with 4 starters for the rest of April. Meanwhile, we saw a lot of lineup changes. Adam Jones and Montanez both took turns in the leadoff spot, while Wigginton has seen time in the 2 hole and everyone from Wieters to Reimold has batted cleanup. What will we see next? I'm just waiting for Kevin Millar to come back from retirement and save the day. Until then...

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