Brad Bergesen goes for the O’s, facing off against Dontrelle Willis and the Tigers. With Nate Robertson being dealt to the Marlins, it looks like the D-Train has a pretty good shot of taking a spot in the Detroit rotation.
* Robert Andino had a pinch-hit home run, giving him as many longballs this Spring as he had all last season (2).
* Felix Pie batted second and had a three hit game, including a pair of doubles.
* Miguel Tejada one-upped him, with a 4-for-4, three double day. Miggy did make his 5th error though, on a throw at third-base.
* Garrett Atkins and Luke Scott both took 0-fers, but walked twice each.
* Lou Montanez went 2-5 with a triple and 3 RBI.
* Craig Tatum – recently announced as the team’s back-up catcher – also picked up 2 hits in 5 trips to the plate.
* Bergesen got rocked, giving up 6 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 3, but didn’t have his usual control (4 walks) or groundball stuff (3 home runs).
* Mike Gonzalez blew an Orioles’ lead in the 7th, giving up a home run to Don Kelly, a left-handed batter.
* After the O’s retook the advantage, Will Ohman let it get away on 2 walks and a hit in the 8th.
* Then all that was left was for Detroit to go ahead, which they did with 3 hits off of Ross Wolf in the 9th.
For the second game in a row, the offense delivered but the pitchers (and, I suppose, defense) couldn’t hold down the fort. The O’s 10-9 loss drops them to 10-15 on the Spring, and guarantees them a losing record. No, it doesn’t really mean anything, but it’s better to be up than down.