After a horrid west coast trip that left them nine games under .500, the Orioles returned to the win column by beating the Mariners 3-1 and Camden Yards last night. The exciting part should not be just the result but who contributed to the result.
Brad Bergesen pitched eight shutout innings allowing only five hits, while Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters backed him up offensively. These players represent the future of the Orioles and on Tuesday night, that future looked very bright.
The person who has benefitted the most since the arrival of Wieters has been Brad Bergesen who has looked like the ace of the staff in his three starts with Wieters as the catcher.
In those three starts Bergesen has pitched eight innings in two and seven innings in the other recording two wins. He lowered his ERA from 5.49 to 4.04 after only giving up four earned runs in 23 innings. Wieters and Bergesen seem to have a rapport between them that should make them a successful battery for years to come.
Bergesen changed his mechanics but he has seemed to pitch with a new found sense of confidence since the arrival of Wieters.
Every pitcher needs some support from the offense and Bregesen’s former Norfolk Tides teammates provided that offensive support. Matt Wieters had to two hits in three at bats recording his second multi- hit game of the season.
Fellow rookie Nolan Reimold hit his seventh homer run and drove in another run improving his average to .295 on the season. Reimold has gotten off to the kind of start that people expected from Wieters and shows no signs of slowing down. By season’s end, Nolan Reimold could be getting his first piece of Major League hardware in the rookie of the year award.
Despite the losing and the weather prior to the game there was brightness in Camden Yards thanks to three rookies. This is what the Orioles fans have been waiting for the last 11 seasons. Bergesen, Reimold and Wieters showed that if they keep performing like they did Tuesday night, the future is very bright in Baltimore.
Perhaps it was fitting that last night games occurred on the same night of the Major League Baseball draft. On a night when the organization drafted three “future Orioles”, three players that represent the future and present of the Baltimore Orioles, all shined brightly.
For me just seeing all three of them on the field is enough regardless of their performance, although, good performances would make feel a little bit better.
Tuesday night was not just a 3-1 win against the Mariners, but a night when three rookies made a statement to everyone: The future is now in Baltimore.
After the game I got excited for the next time I would be going to the Yard to see these three play. Unfortunately for myself and Brad Bergesen, I will be at the game Sunday to watch Greg Zaun, Tie Wiggington and the rest of the “B” lineup who will inevitably fail to score any runs in support of Bergesen.
For me, after Tuesday nights game, there still is some hope that things will turn around for this storied franchise.
Bergesen, Reimold and Wieters provide a reason to watch that Orioles and that is a step in the right direction.