Bergesen struggles in Orioles' 10-9 loss to Tigers

Tigers 10, Orioles 9

RHP allows six earned runs, five hits, four walks over five innings

March 30, 2010|By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

SARASOTA, Fla. — Do the Orioles have to worry about Brad Bergesen, too?

A night after another uneven outing from starter Jeremy Guthrie, Bergesen was rocked for six runs, including two tape-measure home runs by Miguel Cabrera in the Orioles' 10-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers before an announced 8,037 on Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Tigers catcher Alex Avila plated the game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the ninth off Ross Wolf.

Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and left fielder Felix Pie had three hits, including two doubles, in a losing effort.

The first five batters Bergesen faced reached base and he didn't get his first out in the Tigers' four-run first inning until his 27th pitch. He eventually settled down slightly before surrendering a solo homer to Scott Sizemore in the fourth, and a solo homer to Cabrera in the fifth. Cabrera's second homer of the game and his third of the spring easily cleared the batter's eye in dead center field.

"I was out of whack today," Bergesen said. "That was very evident. I never really felt like I got in a groove. Just started throwing pitches up there without really knowing what I wanted to do. They beat me today. There's not a whole lot to it."

Overall, Bergesen allowed six earned runs on five hits and four walks over five innings, his spring ERA ballooning to 5.59 after five outings. He's scheduled to start the Orioles home opener on April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis, who had allowed only two runs all spring entering the start, also struggled, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings.

Orioles outfielder Lou Montanez had a three-run triple in the fourth inning and Tejada had an RBI double in the fifth off Willis and another one in the sixth that have the Orioles a 7-6 lead.

Orioles closer Michael Gonzalez couldn't hold it as he walked the leadoff batter in the top of the seventh on four pitches and then was touched for a two-run homer by Don Kelly.

Robert Andino's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh helped the Orioles reclaim the lead, but the second baseman misplayed a popup in the eighth that allowed the Tigers to tie it at nine.

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