With dark clouds close and lightning lighting the sky beyond the center field fence, the O’s and A’s are tied 2-2 after five and a half innings.
Brad Bergesen struggled with his control early, but looks to have it dialed in now.
After giving up a two-run homer to Gabe Gross in the second, he walked the first two hitters to start the third. But he got that 4-3-6-2 double play and his night has been going much better ever since.
Bergesen has retired 11 batters in a row though the sixth. He needed 19 pitches in the third, but threw just 10 in the 4th, 9 in the 5th and 9 in the 6th.
That’s 28 pitches for Bergy over the last three innings. Of his last 11 outs, eight have come via a grounder. He has thrown 74 pitches through six.
Meanwhile the clouds and lightning are more menacing by the minute.