* Bergesen had his best start of the season, and the Pitch/FX – and the eye – indicates that he was getting a lot more sinking action on his fastball than he had been. The control looked a little spotty – not just with ball/strike (41/56) but location – though it didn’t really hurt him. Final line; 6.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K. Against a good Twins line-up with 7 left-handed batters in it, you have to be very, very happy with the performance. Plus, the 12 groundouts to 6 flyouts. Hopefully Bergy’s back.
* Definitely back - at least on the mound – is Koji Uehara. The right-hander (sporting some long side-bruns – he might want to have a chat with Brady Anderson about that) pitched a perfect 8th inning, picking up a strike-out.
* Alfredo “Shutdown Sauce” Simon (still working on that nickname) followed Koji with a perfect ninth for the save. Three quick groundball outs. Mid 90s sinker does the job.
* Wigginton hit his 10th home run of the year, driving in the O’s only runs of the game, and later added a single.
* Tejada went 2-3 and drew a walk.
* Markakis singled and walked. After a hot start and a lull, Nick is back to drawing a free pass on an almost daily basis.
* Jones went 0-4 and struck out twice. Why is he still batting lead-off again?
* Offense wasn’t great, picking up just 7 hits (6 singles) and 3 walks. It was enough tonight, but usually won’t be. The 3 double plays didn’t help either. When you’re already having trouble getting guys on base, having them erased just makes it even tougher to score runs.
O’s hold the lead, winning it 2-0. That improves their record to 8-21 on the season. Very nice win for the team.