Brad Bergesen has retired 11 batters in a row since walking two to open the third inning. That 4-3-6-2 double play must have done the trick.
Bergesen just cruised through the top of the sixth inning. It couldn’t have been much easier. Two ground balls to Julio Lugo and a pop up to Ty Wigginton. Bergesen could have brought an umbrella drink to the mound, though the four umpires might have joined him for a sip.
Bergesen has thrown 74 pitches in six innings. He’s allowed two hits, the last on Gabe Gross’ homer in the second that accounted for both Oakland runs, walked three and struck out none.
We’ve got bolts of lightning cutting through the night sky, but the grounds crew hasn’t moved behind the tarp, so the thunderstorm that’s been forecast since the afternoon must not be too close. It still would be nice if the Orioles could break this tie and not worry about a potential delay.
Update: They broke the tie, and it was nice. Lou Montanez’s tapper to the right of the mound scored Matt Wieters and gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Garrett Atkins worked the count full and drew a walk that loaded the bases with one out. It might not seem like much, but it was a quality at-bat.