Only in baseball can a rookie pitcher making only his 6th Major League start hang with a pitcher that signed the most lucrative deal ever for a pitcher in this off-season.
Brad Bergesen yielded a 2- run- homer to Alex Rodriguez in the 1st inning then shut down a potent Yankees lineup for the next 5 1/3 innings.
Bergesen retired 13 in a row after the Rodriguez homer and matched C.C Sabathia pitch for pitch and inning for inning.
Coming into the game few people felt that the rookie who is making 15,285,714 dollars less then his counterpart would have the Orioles in the game in the late innings but Bergesen did precisely that.
As per the norm for the Orioles they had another late game collapse and wasted a stellar outing by their starting pitcher.
After getting the 1st out in the 6th inning Bergesen showed signs of fatigue walking the next two Yankees hitters and was pulled by Dave Trembley. Enter the Chris Ray and exit the Orioles chance of winning the game.
Chris Ray and the fielders failed to pick up Bergesen as everything went wrong for them in the sixth inning. Ray gave up a hit to load then bases but responded with getting a routine ground ball to shortstop Robert Andino who made it look anything but routine.
Andino, who had no chance for the double play, tried to turn it anyway but instead dropped the ball leading to a run but keeping the bases loaded with only one out. Right then and there the Orioles fans and seemingly the players, knew something bad was going to happen.
Ray then yielded a Derrick Jeter double which scored three thanks to an Adam Jones throwing error making the score 6-1. After a Johnny Damon RBI Mark Teixeira capped off the seven run inning with a monstrous two run homer run chasing Chris Ray out of the game.
0.0 innings pitched 4 hits and 4 earned runs, that was Chris Ray’s line in this game, moving his ERA to 8.53 on the season.
This game was a microcosm of the Orioles struggles on the season. When they finally get a good performance from their starter, the bullpen and defense- which were supposed to the strengths of this team- let them down.
Dave Trembley- who has been criticized for pulling his starters too early- stayed with the 23 year old until the last possible minute which was the right move.
Every game there seems to be a different “goat” for the Orioles and this game it was Robert Andino and Chris Ray.
In order to win, a team must have a winning attitude and the Orioles do not have that. The bullpen implosion seemed inevitable right when Ray entered the game.
When Mark Hendrickson is your most productive reliever you know your bullpen was bad.
Bregesen pitched a solid game but has nothing to show for it but a loss.
Take note Tillman, Patton, Matusz and Arrieta, this is what you have to look forward to.