Bergesen struggles in O's 10-9 loss to Tigers

Right-hander allows 6 earned runs, 5 hits, 4 walks over 5 innings

March 31, 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 drove in 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.

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 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 third of the spring easily cleared the batter's eye in 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 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.

On deck
The Orioles face the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. today for the fifth and final time this spring at Ed Smith Stadium. The teams have split the four games. Jason Berken, whose solid spring has likely earned him a role in the Orioles' Opening Day bullpen, will start for the home team, while left-hander Jon Lester gets the ball for the Red Sox.

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