I didn't actually get to watch tonight's game, but just following Brad Bergesen's MLB debut on Yahoo! GameChannel was kind of inspiring.
That probably says more about the state of Orioles' starting rotation than anything, because Bergesen was solid but not, like, phenomenal or anything. He went 5 2/3 innings, throwing 95 pitches (58 for strikes) and allowing four hits and three runs, with only one earned. He walked two and struck out four, and at the end of the day, he picked up the W in his first start in the big show.
Lou Montanez also got his first start of the season in left field, with Felix Pie moving to center for the still-gimpy Adam Jones. Ryan Freel, by the way, is now on the DL after the head injury he suffered in Boston. Montanez hit second in the lineup, going 1-for-5 with an RBI. He'll likely stay in the lineup until Jonesy gets back. Earlier Jones had been penciled in to start, so we'll see how long that'll be. Hopefully he at least can get some ABs while he's up, or else they might as well have kept him in Norfolk. It's not like Felix Pie (5-for-37 after tonight's 0-for-3) is lighting it up. He did walk tonight.
The stars tonight were Nick Markakis, who went 4-for-4 with with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs, and Aubrey Huff, who went yard twice and had three RBIs. Luke Scott also had three hits. The only Oriole that didn't get on base was Ty Wigginton, who was 0-for-5.
The bullpen shut it down tonight, too. Danys Baez got the O's out of the sixth with the final out of the inning, and then Chris Ray, Jim Johnson and Brian Bass threw a scoreless inning each. Johnson struck out the side in the eighth.
It was a fine bounce-back effort all around after the five-game losing streak, and it puts the O's back at .500 on the young season. Nothin' like a little home cookin'.