Brian Roberts is scheduled to continue his injury rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Monday, when the Baysox begin a seven-game homestand against Binghamton at Prince George’s Stadium.
Roberts is 7-for-11 with a double, run scored, two walks and two strikeouts with the Gulf Coast League Orioles.
Left-hander Michael Gonzalez is supposed to pitch again tomorrow at Triple-A Norfolk after giving up two runs and three hits last night in two-thirds of an inning.
Gonzalez has allowed six runs and 13 hits in 11 2/3 innings in 11 injury rehab games, with two walks and 14 strikeouts.
Gonzalez and Luke Scott are expected to be activated next week, though the Orioles would be a little more comfortable with that decision if Gonzalez could start hanging up zeros. They seem pleased with his velocity, and Gonzalez has talked about his breaking stuff being “crisper,” but he’s getting hit.
Brad Bergesen turned in seven consecutive quality starts to end his rookie season. He’s allowed four earned runs or more in six of his last seven starts this year, and is 3-7 with a 6.37 ERA.
“I don’t really feel like there’s a big difference,” Bergesen said after last night’s loss, comparing 2009 to this season. “Obviously, the ERA and wins, losses, there’s a difference there. But more or less from how I feel, it’s a matter of getting a line drive here, catching a break there, to getting back to where I was last year.
“After my outing today, I was sitting there with Kranny in the dugout and we were talking about how close I feel to really putting in good, solid outings. Today was close. If I could put up a zero in that last inning, it would be that much better, a quality start, but I wasn’t able to get it done. I felt like I did do a great job with damage control.”
Interim manager Juan Samuel didn’t sound like he was ready to bump Bergesen from the rotation again or send him back down to Norfolk for a third time.
“We have seen what he is capable of doing,” Samuel said, “so you have got to continue to throw him out there.”
Jeremy Guthrie starts tonight for the Orioles, and he’s looking for his first win since May 25.
Guthrie is 2-5 with a 3.74 ERA lifetime against the Blue Jays. Lyle Overbay is 10-for-29 (.345) against him, with three doubles, two homers and five RBIs. Vernon Wells is 8-for-26 (.308) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBIs. Jose Bautista is 4-for-12 (.333) with a double, triple, home run and two RBIs. Edwin Encarnacion is 3-for-8 (.375) with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs.
It’s not all bad. Aaron Hill is 5-for-24 (.208) and Adam Lind is 5-for-23 (.217).
Ryan Adams’ 10th-inning home run last night lifted Bowie to a 5-4 victory over Richmond.
Single-A Frederick first baseman Jacob Julius homered twice in an 11-5 loss to Wilmington. He’s hit five homers in his last six games.
Is it true that not a single Yankee attended Bob Sheppard’s funeral?