Peter Schmuck: Orioles-Red Sox notes

March 15, 2010|By Baltimore Sun

Peter Schmuck's blog updates on today's Orioles- Red Sox game at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers:

Tillman goes 2 2/3 innings

Chris Tillman worked 2 2/3 innings and just gave up a two-run homer to Josh Reddick in his final inning of work. He struggled with the strike zone, throwing 59 pitches and only 29 strikes, but gave up just those two runs.

Bergesen speaks 2:27 PM

Brad Bergesen was more upbeat about his performance in his second start of the spring than he was after his first.

"Actually, (I felt) a lot better than the first outing, as far as mechanics go,'' he said. "I felt much more smooth and that much more like myself. That was the positive. The negative was really the one pitch to Ortiz. That was really it."

That one glitch was a slider to David Ortiz, who knocked it over the right field fence for a two-run homer.

"I fell behind him 3-1 and ended up hanging a slider,'' Bergesen said. "Right on his sweet spot."

Bergesen said he's feeling progressively more comfortable, but still has some work to do to get back where he was when that wicked comebacker by Billy Butler knocked him out the 2009 season.

"I still don't feel quite where I need to be but it's good that it is spring training right now and I am able to get about three more outings before the season starts,'' Bergesen said. "This one was that much better than last one as far as getting back to where I need to be and hopefully I can just keep doing that the next three or four outings and be ready for the season."

And the two injuries he is coming back from?

"That's not on my mind right now,'' he said. "I'm just trying to locate in the strike zone. I'm working behind too many hitters."

Beregesen's outing 1:59 PM

Brad Bergesen gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the third inning, but I'm pretty sure he and the Orioles are pleased with his 2 2/3-inning performance against the Red Sox today at City of Palms Park. He gave up just two runs on five hits and a walk, but looked comfortable throwing 37 pitches in his second exhibition appearance -- 23 for strikes.

We'll head down a little later and make sure he came out of it okay, so check back.

Scott goes deep 1:44 PM

Luke Scott just launched a three-run homer off Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who has been a little erratic through three innings. Wakefield already had give up a run in the first on back-to-back singles by Jonathan Tucker and Justin Turner and a sacrifice fly by Scott. He also has hit two Orioles batters.

Meanwhile, Brad Bergesen has pitched two scoreless innings and has just taken the mound for the third inning.

The Orioles lead, 5-0, but they would be even farther ahead if Jonathan Tucker's textbook hit-and-run shot past second base had not hit baserunner Pedro Florimon on the heel. It would have drive in a run if it had gotten through the infield untouched, but that goes into the books as a base hit for Tucker and an unassisted putout by second baseman Tug Hulett, who was nowhere near the ball.

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