Game 23: Orioles 2, Red Sox 6

The Good:

  • Brad Bergesen had a pretty nice game, but he looks like a very different pitcher this season. Lot’s more four-seamers, which has resulted in him turning into a flyball pitcher (and he gave up more flyballs than groundballs in this one). He’s throwing strikes though, and missing some more bats (if still not a lot). That kind of thing can play – think Jeremy Guthrie without the low BABIP – so if Bergy can maintain this level of production (and maybe up the K’s a bit more), he can be a fine back of the rotation starter (if not in the same way we expected a couple years ago). Final line; 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K. 
  • Vlad Guerrero was thrown exactly one strike in his 6th inning PA – a 3-2 offering – and that’s the pitch he deposited into the left-field seats. If you combine Vlad’s power with Derrek Lee’s ability to work a free pass so far, you’d have on decent middle of the order hitter (and one pitcher-type hitter).

The Bad:

  • Lester’s a quality pitcher, but 4 hits and 3 walks (though the latter was relatively good to see) won’t get it done most nights.
  • The bullpen was not good once again. Jim Johnson and Mike Gonzalez combined for 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

The Final:

No sweep, and the loss drops the O’s back into last place in the East. Still, two out of three ain’t bad.