Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bergesen propels O's to sweep

Brad Bergesen allowed just one run in a complete game, 3-1 win over the Blue Jays last night to wrap up a three-game sweep. He struck out three, walked none, and gave up only seven hits, and it took him only 95 pitches (68 of which were strikes). The complete game was Bergesen's second in a little more than a month, the other coming against the Indians on August 11.

The O's offense manufactured three runs on 10 hits (nine singles) and three walks. Oddly enough, every O's starter except for Adam Jones had a hit -- Brian Roberts and Ty Wigginton had two -- but the only runs came on a Luke Scott ground out in the first, a Corey Patterson single in the fourth, and a run scoring on a Roberts double play ball in the fourth. Still, despite the lack of extra-base hits and much run support, those three runs were more than enough for Bergesen, who simply kept pounding the strike zone against a strong lineup.

After the sweep, the O's record stands at 58-88, while the Blue Jays have dropped to .500 (73-73). Interestingly enough, the O's first hit the 30-games-under-.500 mark on June 14, and after a four-game sweep of the Rangers on July 8-11, haven't been only 30 games below until now. Considering the O's were 41 games below .500 on August 1, after which Buck Showalter took over, that's a rather impressive feat for a last-place team -- especially since the O's have been playing some pretty good teams lately.

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