As I was getting ready to head to the Yard today, I decided to check the Orioles lineup to see which “B” squad players I would be seeing at the game. After checking the lineup, I thought I was in store for yet another Sunday loss for the Birds, but I was pleasantly mistaken.
I have been a Sunday season ticket holder for the Orioles for the last three seasons and have watched them lose seemingly every Sunday. Last year the Orioles defeated the Mariners on the first Sunday at the Yard but only one on Sunday once more during the season, and that win came on the road.
Since he became the Orioles manager, Dave Trembley has shown a propensity to rest a good number of starters on Sundays which many believe contributes to the Orioles Sunday ineptitude. Most of the time the other team is in the same boat and they rest their starters so the idea that this is the cause of the Sunday losses for the Orioles does not hold water.
After Brad Bergesen’s, 3 up and 3 down inning in the first inning, I had a feeling that if the Orioles could score 3 or 4 runs then I would get to see a rare Sunday win.
In the bottom of the first, Ty Wigginton made me look prophetic has his 2- run shot made the score 3-0 and proved be all that Bergesen needed.
Bergesen, who pitched the first complete game of his career and the first nine inning complete game of the season for the Orioles, allowed two solo home runs by David Ross and scattered three more hits to get his 4th win of the season.
Despite Felix Pie, Greg Zaun and Ty Wigginton in the lineup, the Orioles bats came alive scoring 11 runs in support of Bergesen.
The Orioles have now won two Sunday home games besting last year’s total, a trend that they will hopefully continue until the Ravens start up and I stop going to the Sunday games.
June 14th provided a rare “Sunday Funday” for Orioles fans and for at least one game, my money felt well spent.