Tonight at 7:05 the Orioles will attempt to string together back-to-back wins when they take on the White Sox for the second of their three-game set at Camden Yards.
Simply put: last night, despite the early rain delay, could not have gone any better for the Orioles, their front office, the players, or for the fans.
In his major league debut, highly touted pitching prospect Brad Bergesen gave 5.2 innings of solid baseball to his team, and in the process gave a city full of baseball fans hope for the future.
The 23-year old right hander wasn’t fazed by any sort of early game jitters as he retired nine of the first ten batters he faced to begin his career in Orange and Black. In total, Bergesen yielded just four hits and three runs, but two were unearned, while working quickly and with a purpose to pickup the W in his first appearance.
The hitting stars of the night were the number three and four batters in the Baltimore lineup. Nick Markakis went 4 for 4 with a pair of RBI’s and three runs scored. Behind him, batting clean-up, Aubrey Huff clubbed two, two-run home runs off Chicago pitching.
Tonight Dave Trembley will send staff ace Jeremy Guthrie to the mound. Guthrie is still the only pitcher on the team to complete a full six innings in any starting outing this season. He pulled the trick twice in wins over the Yankees and Rays, but in his last start, staked to a 7-0 lead in the 2nd inning at Fenway Park, couldn’t pitch his team to a victory after he left in the fifth with the game tied 8-8. Guthrie pitched only once against the White Sox last year and got the loss in the decision after being touched for three runs over five innings in an eventual 6-1 Chicago victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Facing the Orioles tonight will be White Sox starter John Danks. His first two outings of the ’09 season have been excellent; he’s gone 12 innings and has allowed a grand total of one run while K’ing 13 against the Royals and Rays. On the heels of an impressive ’08 season, pitching to an ERA of 3.32 in 32 starts, scouts think Danks could become one of the premier pitchers in the American League. However, in two starts against the Orioles last season they’ve had his number, handing losses to the 24-year old both times.
Here are tonight’s starting nine for each side:
Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Ty Wigginton – 3B
Luke Scott – DH
Lou Montanez – LF
Gregg Zaun – C
Cesar Izturis – SS
*Adam Jones has once again been inserted into the lineup, but we’ll see if he stays there tonight. He was a late scratch last night after not feeling ready to go post-batting practice. He is still battling a sore hamstring.
Getz – 2B
Fields – 3B
Quentin – LF
Thome – DH
Dye – RF
Konerko – 1B
Pierzynski – C
Ramirez – SS
Anderson – CF