I knew it was going to be an early morning. I just didn’t know it would be this early.
I’m heading to the clubhouse to see whether manager Dave Trembley has chosen a pitcher to replace Jeremy Guthrie, and whether he’ll go situational on us or find someone who can give him multiple innings because he has another game to play.
Down on the farm, Jake Arrieta made his final start for Single-A Frederick last night before joining Team USA, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out eight.
Brad Bergesen won his 12th game for Double-A Bowie, one short of the franchise record. Rain halted play after 4 ½ innings. Bergesen retired the first nine batters he faced on 30 pitches. He allowed two hits before umpires stopped the game.
“Bergy pretty much had it going right from the get-go. I could tell down in the bullpen,” Baysox pitching coach Mike Griffin said. “You know, I can usually tell what kind of possible start we could have when the starter’s warming up out there. Something told me from his demeanor on the mound warming up in the bullpen and the way he was finishing.”
Single-A Delmarva’s Sean Gleason, a 20th-round pick in last year’s draft, tossed a complete-game shutout yesterday, allowing only two hits in a 3-0 win over Hickory. He faced one batter over the minimum. Gleason posted a 2.93 ERA last year at Bluefield.
Need more proof that there’s a big difference between Triple-A baseball and the majors? Freddie Bynum batted sixth last night for Norfolk, going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.