Maybe the off-day came at a bad time after all.
The Orioles won’t win every game this season. The 1972 Miami Dolphins can pop the corks on those chilled champagne bottles.
Here are some comments from manager Buck Showalter after a 7-3 loss to the Tigers:
On Brad Bergesen:
“He hadn’t pitched in a game in a long time. We were hoping to get him through four to six in that pitch count. He got some counts in his favor, but couldn’t finish them off. He was jerking some balls across the plate, had some sequences set up there, but couldn’t finish it off. We were hoping to keep the bullpen intact for the most part. (Josh) Rupe gave us some big innings and we’re in decent shape going into (Chris) Tillman’s outing tomorrow. That’s one of the challenges of having a couple of young pitchers pitching back-to-back.”
On pop up in right field that wasn’t caught:
“I don’t think it’s a miscommunication. It’s a tough play, it’s a hard play. You’re going back there and you’ve got two good defenders and it happens. That’s a tough error (on Brian Roberts). It’s a tough play, but I think the reason why it looks somewhat unusual is we’re so used to those two guys making that play. It’s a tough play, though. We’re trying to figure out a way, work next spring, on (Mark) Reynolds throwing his glove across the field.”
On Tigers damage against Bergesen coming with two outs:
“He’s sitting there with some counts in his favor and a pitch away from getting out of the inning. Just wasn’t as sharp as he’s capable of being and will be.”
On Orioles committing two errors in second inning:
“I think when you’ve got (Justin) Verlander out there, there isn’t much margin for error.”
On what he saw from Verlander:
“Same thing we’ve been seeing for a while. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. Four-pitch mix and not a whole lot of tendencies in the sequencing. Understands what he’s doing out there. Very athletic. Repeats his delivery, holds runners. Like I said before the game, not many dents in his armor. You score three runs off him, you’re going to have to pitch pretty well. If you can stay close there and get his pitch count up.
“D-Lee had a great at-bat in the first inning. I thought he was going to get out of there with a seven- or eight-pitch inning. He ends up with 20. And then we come back out in the second and give him a real short inning. Really puts him at an advantage.”