Game 50: Orioles 2, A’s 4

The Good:

  • Brad Bergesen showed Tillman how it’s done, pitching effectively despite a couple defensive miscues and a whole bunch of hits falling in (mostly singles). His four-seamer was a good pitch for him, coming in at 90-93 mph and generating a whiff rate of 19% or so. Final line: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K.
  • Clay Rapada (0.1 IP, 1 K) and Jim Johnson (1 IP, 2 K) did a nice job in relief. Koji also struck out a pair in his inning of work, but he gave up a solo home run whereas the other relievers were perfect.
  • When the offense isn’t hitting for power – like the O’s – it needs to be able to put runners on base to score runs. And that’s what the Birds did in this one, walking 7 times (Robert Andino and Craig Tatum with two each, and JJ Hardy, Mark Reynolds, and Nick Markakis with one apiece).

The Bad:

  • Six singles and no extra-base hits. Two double plays. And 20 left on base by O’s batters. Yikes.

The Final:

Another game in Oakland, another loss. Hopefully the O’s can actually score some runs and avoid the sweep tomorrow.