Brad Bergesen gave up 11 hits in six-plus innings tonight.
If you win, you scatter 11 hits. When you lose, you give them up.
The Orioles have won twice since sweeping the Nationals at Camden Yards. So much for turning around their season, or at least getting it a little more straight.
Three moments really stood out for me tonight:
1. Johnny Damon laying down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning after Austin Jackson’s leadoff double. That’s pretty early to be playing for one run, which the Tigers scored on Magglio Ordonez’s ground ball.
2. Felix Pie legging out a two-out triple in the fifth inning, and Josh Bell swinging at the next pitch and fouling out to third baseman Brandon Inge. Maybe that was the best pitch Bell would see in the at-bat, but we’ll never know. Maybe he was just over-anxious and should have worked Tigers starter Max Scherzer a little harder.
3. Tigers manager Jim Leyland bringing in Robbie Weinhardt with a three-run lead in the eighth, and letting the kid begin the ninth. I know the bullpen was taxed, but Weinhardt didn’t have time to unpack his bags after arriving from Triple-A Toledo.
Adam Jones led off the ninth with a triple, the Orioles’ fifth in their last four games, and he scored on Matt Wieters’ sacrifice fly off left-hander Phil Coke. But the Tigers held on for the 4-2 victory.
I’ll just pretend that Bergesen didn’t give up a home run to Danny Worth.
The Orioles head to Texas, where they’ll be greeted by another young pitcher on a roll. Tommy Hunter is 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in six starts, all of his wins coming at home.
At least it will be stifling hot in Arlington.
Jeremy Guthrie is coming off his shortest outing of the season - four innings in Boston - but he’s 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA lifetime against the Rangers.