Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brad Bergesen's successful debut

Brad Bergesen, the first in hopefully a long string of Orioles prospects to play in the bigs this season, made his Major League debut last night. And it was a great one! He started the game and pitched 5 2/3 innings, only giving up 1 earned run which was enough to earn the W in his first major league appearance. Even after a 90 minute rain delay there was still a nice crowd that was very pro-Bergy and cheered heartily for him throughout the game. Orioles fans have really been waiting for the wave of young talent to finally start reaching Baltimore and Brad was a great glimpse of things to come.

Brad's 1st strikeout-see ya Carlos Quentin

Kalina, my buddy Mark and I started our night by driving to Bowie right after work to catch Jake Arrieta's start (this is the first time any of us have to see him pitch) and we got there right in time for the 6pm first pitch but Jake didn't have his "A" game. He walked a batter and then gave up a HR in the first inning; giving up 3 earned runs in 3 innings. BUT then came the bad-start erasing thunderstorm; since the game wasn't completed Jake's ERA stays at 1.00 and the game doesn't count. We are going to try to get back to Bowie for his next start. And hey, at least we finally got to see Kalina's favorite prospect pitch in a game!

Due to the rainout in Bowie, and the rain delay in Baltimore, we made it to the O's game just in time to see Brad Bergesen's first major league pitch around 8:35.

Brad's 1st pitch

Kalina and I saw him pitch 3 or 4 times at Bowie last year; it seemed like every time we went that Bergy was the starter. It was just a strange coincidence but luckily I managed to get his autograph the few times we went and he wasn't starting.

Brad is the second minor leaguer, after Lou Montanez, whose autograph I got in the minors last year that has now played for the O's.

Good luck to Brad in the future and let's hope for many more wins for him and the Birds!


kasliwi said...

Worthy of mentioning:

Bergesen retired his first 4 batters, didn't give up a hit until the 4th with 2 outs, only 1 of the 3 runs the ChiSox scored off him were earned (it appeared that Huff apologized for the other 2), he currently has a career ERA of 1.59...and his first career strike out was the homerun leader of the Majors at the time, Carlos Quentin (7 through 4/21)

Orioles Magic said...

Wow, nice work breaking it down!