All things Bergy and Butler
How bad are things going for the O’s right now? Brad Bergesen is told to throw a pitch away to Billy Butler, as in out of the strike zone, and instead leaves on for Butler to crush for a decisive RBI-double.
“He’d been kind of getting me out the last two times before that on sliders,” Butler said. “He left one over the plate and I wasn’t going to wait. I was just ready first-pitch to hit one.”
Bergesen said it was simply missed location.
“[Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] and Wieters both came out there and told me, ‘All 0-2 pitches, everything out of the zone.’ And sure enough, first pitch, I try and get it down and I hung one right in the zone and he made me pay for it,” Bergesen said. “I can’t do that. That was the deciding factor in the game. “
“Absolutely, that was a missed location. They told me to have it out of the zone and I left it in the middle of the plate.”
You might recall Butler was the guy ended Bergesen’s season on a liner that hit his left shin in start last July.
“I knew I was going to face a couple of questions about [facing him],” Bergesen said. “No, it wasn’t in the back of my mind at all. I was more affected by him hitting that double today like he did. He’s a good hitter.”