Bergesen Stops Yanks
looked the best he’s looked all spring, and afterwards agreed that Thursday’s
outing was superior in nearly every way to his prior three.
“I felt that much more like myself today and I just need to
continue to build on it,” Bergesen said.
After retiring the first seven straight
batters, Bergesen pitched his
way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning, which was mostly a result of
Garrett Atkins’ dropped foul pop-up.
Facing a lineup predominantly of
Yankee regulars, Bergesen exited with two outs in the sixth inning, allowing
three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The right-hander held sluggers
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira 0-for-4 with a walk and fanned A-Rod in his
first two plate appearances.
All in all, an impressive outing for
Bergesen. He looked the best he’s looked all spring and did it against the
defending World Champions. He tossed 76 pitches and managed to stay on
track despite a long delay in between innings in the fourth, when home plate
ump John Hirschbeck left the game.
“Today was the best I’ve felt,” Bergesen said. “Going up against the Yankees and being able
to go 5 2/3 helped out, builds the confidence and I just got to finish up the next
couple weeks and get ready [for the season.]”
Bergesen wasn’t completely satisfied with his outing,
mentioning a few bad decisions on 0-2 counts in the fifth inning.
” I know I keep saying it, but there’s still a couple things
I need to start doing to feel back to where I was before the leg injury, before
the arm injury,” Bergesen said. “But given the circumstances, yes, this is
exactly where I’d like to be at this point.”
Bergesen had allowed two runs in each of his previous three starts. With Thursday’s solid effort, his ERA is now 3.77 through 14 1/3 innings. He didn’t need to have this start, but it’s certainly an outing that will help his confidence going forward as Opening Day nears.
After taking a liner off his shin to end his season last July, Bergesen was slowed this spring by a strained right shoulder capsule suffered while filming a team commercial in December.
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