O's beat Pirates despite Bergesen's second rough outing

March 10, 2011|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

BRADENTON, Fla. — — Heading into this spring, Brad Bergesen wasn't assured a spot in the Orioles' rotation, but he was the prohibitive favorite to claim one of two openings.

The right-hander is still likely headed north with the Orioles, but his past two starts certainly haven't separated him from the competition.

The Orioles rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates,11-8, Thursday night, but they did it in spite of a second consecutive rough outing by Bergesen.

Slated to pitch four innings, Bergesen lasted just 2 2/3, giving up six hits, two walks and four runs (three earned), including a two-run single by Pittsburgh catcher Jason Jaramillo.

"Today was just bad. When I got into trouble, I didn't make pitches," Bergesen said. "Lesson learned. I know what I need to work on now."

Bergesen allowed seven base runners and three runs in his previous start against the Boston Red Sox "B" lineup, giving him seven runs and 12 hits allowed in his past 5 2/3 innings. Bergesen, though, said he isn't worried.

"For me, it's way too early. Obviously, I'm a competitor. I never like going out there and having an outing like that, but at the same time, it's early. I'm still working on things," said Bergesen, who was 8-12 with a 4.98 ERA last year. "Outings like this are unacceptable, but I'm not getting down on myself or turning into a mental head case by any means."

Vladimir Guerrero tied the score at 1-1 in the second inning with his third spring home run. Infield prospect Ryan Adams gave the Orioles the lead in a four-run fifth with a two-run, opposite-field homer against Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan.

It was the second consecutive game in which Adams, the club's second-round pick in 2006, has homered. He also had a two-run single for a four-RBI night. He had an opportunity to do more damagem but he struck out with the bases loaded in the sixth.

J.J. Hardy followed with a two-run single against Evan Meek to give the Orioles a 7-4 lead. Craig Tatum had a two-run single in the seventh, one of his three hits.

The Orioles are n6-5-2 this spring.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com

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