It’s been a beautiful afternoon at the ballpark – well, for pretty much everyone except Brad Bergesen – as the Orioles play the Blue Jays in their 2010 home opener.
Bergesen had been out of sync from the start of the game, hanging hittable pitches over the plate and not getting Toronto hitters to bite on his off-speed stuff out of the strike zone. Bergesen was lifted in the fifth inning after allowing nine hits and five runs, all earned, in 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out two and walked one.
The silver lining on Bergesen’s poor performance: It took the Orioles four games to get a shaky start from one of their starting pitchers. Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie and Brian Matusz were all solid in their first starts of the season, an encouraging sign to kick off the season. We’ll see how Bergesen does in his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Rays.
Oh, and one more Orioles silver lining: The game is tied, 5-5, through six innings because Toronto starter Brandon Morrow was even shakier than Bergesen. Morrow was erratic, walking five batters and hitting another, as the Orioles chased him after five innings.