Bergesen on his Triple-A outing

Brad Bergesen made his first start for Triple-A Norfolk Sunday afternoon, and allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He tossed 56 of his 81 pitches for strikes, fanning four, and didn’t issue a walk in Norfolk’s 7-2 win over Charlotte.

Bergesen’s sinker would appear to be on track given that he had 14 ground outs and only two fly outs. The Orioles are hoping Bergesen can get on his stuff back in time to make Saturday’s scheduled start in Baltimore. Was that enough?

“I saw a handful of sinkers today that I hadn’t seen since July,” Bergesen said in a phone interview. “And there were still ones that were flat that I got away with here.”

Does he think it’s all fixed?

“I don’t know, its always tough, if you had a good outing down here would that transfer to an OK outing up there?” Bergesen said. “Would it be just as good?”

“I felt good, I’ve been working with [Norfolk pitch coach Mike] Griffin for the last four days and I’ve had some good chats with him and had some good bullpen sessions with him. I was with him in ’08 so I really trust in everything he has to tell me and I really take his opinions into consideration.”
Bergesen said he hasn’t heard anything from the Orioles pertaining to Saturday’s start and didn’t want to get his hopes up. Following Sunday’s win in Boston, pitching coach Rick Kranitz went into manager Dave Trembley’s office where Bergesen’s start was likely discussed.

There’s no official word, but I’ll have more details and analysis from Trembley and Kranitz up on for Monday’s off day. If Bergesen doesn’t get the nod it’ll be either relievers Jason Berken or Mark Hendrickson or a call-up for Jake Arrieta, who has been lights out in Triple-A.

See you all back in Baltimore!

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