Note: I'm going to do my best to be consistent with O's updates the rest of the summer even though we virtually have no readers anymore. But, we here at BWP promise that things will pick up in the fall when we head back to school and we are overtaken with boredom and the need for something to occupy our time while we are procrastinating. Hopefully the readers will come back as all of the writers become more active.
Anyways, the O's opened the 2nd half of the season against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and Jim Thome tore the O's pitching to shreds. Thome hit 2 HRs while driving in 7 runs as the O's lost 12-8. The O's offense was productive, outhitting the Sox 14-13, but they were unable to overcome the piss poor pitching performances from Jason Berken and his crew of bullpen flunkies.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award for this game goes to... Jason Berken!
Berken pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up 6 earned runs to raise his season ERA to 6.44. It's hard to imagine Berken lasting much longer in the O's rotation. Bring on Chris Tillman!
On Saturday, Brad Bergesen was cruising through 4 1/3 innings. With one out in the 5th, he got Alexei Ramirez to ground into what seemed to be a routine out, but Ty Wigginton (who was playing 1st base) inexplicably dropped the throw from Brian Roberts. After that, the wheels fell off for Bergesen and he gave up 4 runs in the 5th. Despite some 9th inning magic from Nolan Reimold and Brian Roberts, the O's fell short 4-3.
The BWP Clipped Wing Award for this game goes to... Ty Wigginton!
His retarded error in the 5th changed the momentum of the game. That is enough to earn him the award.
Yesterday, the O's avoided the sweep by spanking Jose Contreras and the Sox 10-2. Gregg Zaun (!!??) led the O's with 4 RBIs and Jeremy Guthrie threw a gem, pitching 8 innings while surrendering 2 runs on only 3 hits.
Tonight the O's open a series against the Yankees in New York. The O's season may be over as far as making the playoffs are concerned, but it's always nice to beat the Yanks. I'm not expecting much though.