SARASOTA, Fla. — Orioles starter Brad Bergesen passed his biggest test yet, pitching 5 2/3 shutout innings in the Orioles' 8-0 drubbing of the New York Yankees today at sold-out Ed Smith Stadium.
In his third Grapefruit League start, and undeniably his best, Bergesen allowed just three hits, walked two and struck out two, leaving the game after issuing a two-out walk to Alex Rodriguez in the sixth. Rodriguez had struck out in his previous two at-bats.
"I was happy with it. I wouldn't say I am completely satisfied," said Bergesen, who is 3-0 this spring. "There are a few things I still need to focus on and accomplish this spring training. But I felt that much more like myself today and I just need to continue to build on that."
The Yankees top six hitters — Derek Jeter, Nick Johnson, Mark Teixeira, Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher — went a combined 1-for-15 versus the Orioles' right-hander, who breezed through all of his innings except the third.
In that frame, Randy Winn hit a one-out double and Francisco Cervelli, whose at-bat was extended after first baseman Garrett Atkins dropped a foul ball, drew a walk. Jeter singled to load the bases with one out before Bergesen retired Johnson and Teixeira on comebackers to end the inning.
"You try to bear down that much more and focus in and I tried to do so today and I was fortunate enough to get [Teixeira] to roll over on a slider," Bergesen said.
Bergesen, who threw 51 of his 76 pitches for strikes, got plenty of offensive support.
Adam Jones got the Orioles' offense going with a two-run homer in the second inning off Yankees starter Alfredo Aceves. It was Jones' fourth homer of the spring.
The Orioles scored five more runs in the third, paced by a Matt Wieters' two-run double. Atkins had two RBIs in the game, doubling his preseason total, including a sacrifice fly in the third.