George Sherrill entered the game in the ninth inning tonight after Dennis Sarfate walked two batters and threw fastball after fastball. Once, he shook off catcher Ramon Hernandez and threw a fastball. The man had a plan.
By our count, the first nine pitches were fastballs. The last two were sliders, including the one that struck out Alex Gordon to end the game.
Manager Dave Trembley relayed a long story to Sherrill before the game that involved Pee Wee Reese, Dizzy Dean and the Game of the Week.
I’ll cut to the chase: “George, when you come into the game and the game’s on the line, we’re not going to try to trick anybody. It’s you and him. Throw your fastball. Because the three times he’s got beat on home run balls have been on hanging (sliders). If you’re going to get beat, get beat on your best stuff. Don’t get beat on your second or third pitch. I can’t tell him what to do. I can suggest it. Somebody was listening. Isn’t that wonderful?”
Trembley also said he’s sure that Sherrill regrets his tantrum Monday night that included him kicking a bucket of chewing gum onto the field.
“I’m sure if he had last night over, not the pitch but the way he acted, I’m sure he’d take it back,” Trembley said. “But it just goes to show he’s not perfect, I’m not perfect, nobody’s perfect. We learn from it. His team respects him. We respect him. We respect our team and what we’re doing here. But there’s perimeters for everybody on how to go about your business. I think that’s been adequately conveyed.”
Sherrill said he was trying to hit the dugout fence, not drive the bucket through the gap. “Bad location,” Sherrill said. “I missed my spot again.”
Big night for Adam Loewen. Those two scoreless innings were huge.
The Orioles are 37-13 when scoring four runs or more, but you probably already knew that.
Nolan Reimold and Luis Montanez each hit two homers tonight for Double-A Bowie, and Brad Bergesen won his ninth game. Montanez leads the Eastern League with 18. It might be time to move him up to Triple-A Norfolk, if the Orioles can make room.
Reimold and Montanez each have four homers in their last three games.