O's top Red Sox as Bergesen feels 'a lot better'

Starter pitches 2 2/3

Scott drives in 4 runs

March 16, 2010|By Peter Schmuck

FORT MYERS, FLA. — - Brad Bergesen felt more comfortable the second time around, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up just a home run to David Ortiz in the Orioles' 8-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday at City of Palms Park.

Bergesen threw 41 pitches - 27 of them for strikes - and benefited from a big afternoon by designated hitter Luke Scott to get the victory in his second exhibition start after entering the rotation late because of a shoulder injury.

"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."

Bergesen wasn't the only member of the Orioles rotation to pitch Monday. Chris Tillman also pitched 2 2/3 and also gave up two runs on a big fly. Josh Reddick hit a mammoth shot into the parking lot behind the right-field bleachers to make it a one-run game.

Scott drove in four runs in his two at-bats against Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield. He brought home the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly and then drilled a three-run homer in the Orioles' four-run third inning. He also doubled off left-hander Brian Shouse in his third plate appearance.

First base prospect Brandon Snyder also homered for the first time this spring and minor league infielder Pedro Florimon had a big day at the plate, driving in a run with a single and hitting a triple off the left-field fence.

On deck
David Hernandez will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon as the Orioles play in Fort Myers for a second straight day, this time against the Minnesota Twins. Koji Uehara and Dennis Sarfate are also expected to pitch for the Orioles. The Twins will start right-hander Scott Baker, followed by Mike Maroth, Clay Condrey, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek and Jose Mijares. Back at Ed Smith Stadium, Kevin Millwood will pitch five innings and Jim Johnson will log two in an intrasquad game.

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