Matt Wieters can go to bed tonight with two thoughts. History will show he produced an “0-fer” at the plate in his first big league game…but he can rest easy this evening knowing he’s never lost a game as a member of the Orioles.
The Birds won their 5th straight on Friday night, slapping the Tigers, 7-2, before an announced crowd of over 42,000 at Camden Yards.
Luke Scott was 3-for-3 on the evening and belted two home runs (one of which was a 3rd inning grand slam) — his 2nd straight two-homer game — and Brad Bergesen worked into the 9th inning to pick up his 2nd win of the campaign.
Dontrelle Willis was the starter for the Tigers and he was…well…(I hope his family isn’t reading this)…awful. He couldn’t put back-to-back strikes together and threw the ball high, low, wide right, wide left and rarely, if ever, over the plate. Clete Thomas, Detroit’s right fielder, was their most accurate arm of the night by a longshot.
As for the Birds, Wieters looked comfortable behind the plate and rather ordinary with a bat in his hand. Something tells me there won’t be many 0-for-4 nights in that kid’s career.
Bergesen’s effort was one of the O’s best pitching performances of the season and it gave the bullpen (except for Jim Johnson, who mopped up in the 9th) a well deserved night off.