Rick VandenHurk is appearing in his third game with the Orioles. Call off the search.
VandenHurk replaced Brad Bergesen with one out in the sixth and coaxed a double-play grounder from Victor Martinez. Two pitches and he was done.
We’ll see him again in the seventh.
VandenHurk tossed a scoreless inning against Texas, striking out two, in his Orioles’ debut on Aug. 22. He gave up two runs (one earned) in three innings in an Aug. 26 game in Chicago.
The Orioles acquired VandenHurk from the Marlins for reliever Will Ohman, who still might be buried underneath a pile of Nats.
Bergesen actually came within two outs of a quality start, since only two of the five runs against him are earned. He allowed eight hits, walked five and threw a career-high 114 pitches.
The Orioles have clawed their way back into this game. They’ve scored four times in the bottom of the sixth, the last two runs crossing on Matt Wieters’ double off the fence in left-center field. Wieters is 6-for-9 with five RBIs lifetime against Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Nick Markakis contributed a run-scoring single and Ty Wigginton brought home Brian Roberts with a shot up the middle that Matsuzaka knocked down and turned into a 1-3 putout.
Dice-K is out of the game after 5 2/3 innings. He was cruising heading into the sixth.
Update: Strange night for Josh Bell. His infield hit started the rally, but he’s also forgotten the number of outs, struck out, tapped to the mound and made a poor throw to second on a potential double play that allowed Boston’s sixth run to score. Bell threw behind Brian Roberts, who had to reach back for the ball and subsequently bounced his relay throw to Ty Wigginton. Wiggington knows he should have fielded the ball cleanly, but the failure to turn the double play starts with Bell.
Down on the farm, Michael Aubrey hit his 20th home run for Triple-A Norfolk. Chris George has held Charlotte to one run and five hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts, in eight innings.
Joel Guzman tied Walter Young’s home run record at Double-A Bowie with No. 33. Check out Steve Melewski’s blog. He’s at Prince George’s Stadium.
Billy Rowell is 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for Single-A Frederick.
First-round pick Manny Machado is 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s batting .357 for short-season Single-A Aberdeen.