The focus before the game was all on the debut of Toronto Blue Jays rookie Kyle Drabek, but Brad Bergesen is happy to remind you that there was another pitcher on the field tonight. Here is pretty much all you need to know:
Brad Bergesen: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
Bergy needed just 95 pitches to complete the game and did so in less than two hours. The only run he allowed was on a first inning home run by Jose Bautista, and he faced just three batters in seven of the nine innings he pitched.
Spawn of Drabek didn't pitch nearly as poorly as Spawn of Roenicke did last night, but the Orioles scored three runs off of him in his six innings pitched. That was one more than they needed thanks to 3E1N's gem. They scored their first run in the bottom of the first on a ground out by Luke Scott. Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis started the game with back-to-back singles and a double steal, so it was discouraging that they only got one run, honestly. Thankfully their woes on the bases didn't hurt them tonight.
The other two runs came in the fourth inning, as Felix Pie singled with no outs and moved up two bases on a ground out and a passed ball. Matt Wieters followed him with a walk and Corey Patterson, getting a rare start at DH, singled to knock in Felix. Izzy singled to load the bases with no outs, but the O's were unable to break it open as Brian Roberts grounded into a double play. Wieters did score, but it could have been a lot bigger. Perhaps they just wanted to show some mercy to young Drabek Spawn in his debut.
O's sweep! They are now 9-5 in September and in their last four series (all wins), they are 9-3. They go into the off day on a very good note and I fully expect them to win the series against the Yankees that starts on Friday.
This was Cito Gaston's last time managing at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the place where he cemented himself as a Baltimore villain back in 1993. I'd say we gave him a fine send off, wouldn't you?