Game 1 Recap
If you noticed below, I blogged the pitching lineups for the first five games.
The only pitcher not scheduled to appear in a game right now is Brad Bergesen. Manager Dave Trembley said today that there is a tenative date set for when Bergesen will throw, but he wasn’t willing to share that with the media.
Bergesen will have to go through a live batting practice first, and the team’s training staff will probably have to evaluate him and make sure he’s 100 percent. He threw off the mound today and said he’s continuing to progress toward the live BP’s. Judging from the ease of his first mound session last week, I’d say Bergesen could see game action in the next 7-10 days. I can’t imagine the Orioles making him throw more than 2 or 3 BPs before clearing him. But we’ll see.
In the meantime, I’ll have some notable game updates below. Not exactly play-by-play (hey, this is a one-man operation here!) but I’ll do my best…..
Update 1:20 : Didn’t take long for Tejada to make his mark. He went to his left on a grounder for the first out of the game. Guthrie tossed 17 pitches (13 for strikes) in the first inning. Adam Jones opened the bottom of the first with a walk, but James Shields retired the next three O’s in order.
Update 1:40: Don’t sleep on Wieters. After Guthrie walked leadoff hitter Matt Joyce, Wieters gunned down Joyce at second base. Guthrie did the rest, and is done for the day after tossing 33 pitches (22 for strikes) over two innings.
Will Ohman is in to make his Orioles debut to open the 3rd. Ohman told me yesterday he couldn’t possibly have a worse debut than his outing with the Braves last year. Afterwards he told the media, “Hey, I was just trying to take the pressure off everyone else.”
He looks better now, erasing a leadoff walk by ending the inning on a double play.
Update 1:52: Josh Bell just crushed a homer over the right center field fence. What a beauty.
Update 3:00: Bell homered again, this time from the right side and Rhyne Hughes preceded him with a two-runs shot. The Orioles are up 7-2.
Updated 3:10: Make that 8-2, as Scott Moore just sent one over the fence. What a slugfest.
Updated 3:50: 12-2 Final. Josh Bell and Rhyne Hughes homered twice, while Scott Moore and Nick Markakis also went yard.
Here’s Guthrie on his outing:
“It’s nice to be out there and mix in a few pitches,” Guthrie said. “I
tried to keep the fastball down as much as I could and felt like I was
able to do that pretty good for a first outing.
“It’s a good one to build
off of and it’s nice to get back out there and get the butterflies out
of the system. It felt like I hadn’t pitched for five months, so it’s
nice to get back out there and get it started again.”