Tonight’s pitching matchup: Bergesen vs. Penny

RHP Brad Bergesen (6-4, 3.51) tonight makes his 18th start of this season, his 8th on the road and his 2nd start of 2009 vs. Boston.

As well as he has pitched this year, Bergesen tonight is looking for his first career road win.

Bergesen, 2009:
Home: 6-1, 2.82 and team is 8-2
Road: 0-3, 4.57 and team is 1-6

Bergesen took the loss over the weekend vs. the White Sox when he allowed six straight hits in the 5th inning following an error. On the night he gave up 10 hits and four runs (two earned) over six innings.

Over his last ten starts, Begesen is 5-2, 2.41.

In five starts vs. AL East opponents, Bergesen is 1-2, 3.86.

Right-handed batters hit .268 off Bergesen and lefties bat .253. He has recorded a team-leading 11 quality starts. He has allowed just three first-inning runs all year and an average of just .164 in the opening-inning.

Bergesen did not get a decision July 1st at home vs. Boston when he left after eight innings with a 5-1 lead, but the O’s bullpen gave up four in the 9th as the Sox tied the game.

Over eight innings he gave up just four hits and one run, throwing 103 pitches with no walks and six strikeouts.

RHP Brad Penny (6-4, 5.02) tonight is set to make his 19th start of this year, his 10th at home and his second of the season vs. Baltimore.

In his last start, Saturday vs. Toronto, Penny gave up six runs and eight hits over five innings. He has pitched to an ERA of 5.94 in July.

Penny has allowed 118 hits this year, 11 homers, in 98 2/3 innings. In nine home starts, he is 4-1, 4.53.

Last year, Penny went 6-9, 6.27 with the Dodgers. He was their opening-day starter, but was limited to 17 starts by shoulder injuries.

The Sox signed him as a free agent January 9th.

His career record is 100-79, 4.12 in 263 starts. He picked up his 100th career win June 17th vs. Florida.

In his only previous start vs. the Orioles, he faced the Birds back on April 17th. In three innings, he gave up six hits and eight runs, all earned. He did not get a decision.

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