Game 115: Orioles 3, White Sox 6

The Good:

  • Brad Bergesen did a decent job in relief, pitching 4.1 shutout innings to give the O’s a chance to make a come back. No K’s and he walked a batter, but at least he did on OK job of keeping the ball on the ground. Bergesen came into this game with the second lowest xFIP on the team (4.38) amongst pitchers with at least 10 starts (Britton).
  • Nick Markakis hit his 11th home run of the season – the 100th of his career. We don’t get to see him turn on the ball all that often, so that was nice. Nick’s next homer will tie him with the immortal Chet Laabs for 25th on the all-time O’s list.
  • Nolan Reimold has two hits; a double and a hustle single. I still don’t understand why he’s backing up Felix Pie, or batting below Chris Davis for that matter (Reimold: career .334 wOBA despite a .280 BABIP, Davis: career .321 wOBA with a .324 BABIP).

The Bad:

  • I had been getting ready to write something on Chris Tillman’s recent turnaround, so I was hoping he’d have a nice outing today. First inning; single, homer, double, double, double… down 4-0 before recording an out. He didn’t touch 93 with his fastball, and his control seemed spotty. Final line; 2.12 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
  • The team’s 8-0 strike-out to walk ratio offensively wasn’t great either.

The Final:

The Orioles lost 3 of 4 to the White Sox – at home – but at least they were only outscored by 6 runs in the series. If the O’s win out, they’ll finish with 92 wins… which would still possibly (probably?) leave them out of the playoffs.