Felix Pie is hitting .471 and slugging .765. Matt Wieters is batting .345. Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott, and Miguel Tejada each have 2 home runs and Tejada 7 RBIs. All that being said, the Orioles record now stands at 1-8. Wow.
Jeremy Guthrie fell to 0-2 despite pitching effectively for a second consecutive start with 3 runs and 5 strikeouts in 7 innings. The bullpen allowed 2 more runs in the 8th and 9th and Pie's 1st inning solo shot was the only sign of offense in the 5-1 loss. Pie was 6 for 9 in the series.
Brian Matusz seven scoreless innings were undone by four straight seeing-eye singles in the 8th. The bullpen was unable to hold those runners and they all scored. Matusz did finish with 8 Ks and only 1 walk. Thanks to 2 home runs by Wigginton and a pinch-hit homer by Scott, the O's managed to force extra innings. Matt Albers ultimately picked up the loss, surrendering 3 runs and failing to record an out in the 10th inning as the O's lost 8-6.
The finales was an ugly 9-1 loss as Brad Bergesen survived only 3 innings and gave up 8 runs, 5 earned. Jason Berken did come in and pitch 5 innings of 1-run ball, but a Tejada homer was all the O's had to show.
Mike Gonzalez was officially placed on the DL with shoulder problems and Kam Mickolio was recalled. Mickolio, like he was in Spring Training, has been dominant but extremely wild for Norfolk. The bullpen is really looking like a mess...