Four Orioles pitchers combined for the club's first shutout of the season in tonight's 2-0 victory at Target Field, and it was an uplifting victory for a number of reasons.
Brad Bergesen, who I said should not have been recalled so soon after being sent down to Norfolk, is enjoying proving me wrong. He pitched a terrific 6 2/3 innings to get his second straight victory. Will Ohman struck out Jim Thome to get out of a jam in the seventh, Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless eighth and Alfredo Simon delivered his third straight save in a refreshingly unsuspenseful performance.
The O's still don't seem to be able to put many runs on the board, but they won the opener of a four-game series against a good Twins team. It would be quite an accomplishment to win this series in Minnesota, especially with Francisco Liriano (4-0, 1.50 ERA) poised to even things up tomorrow night.
The way Ty Wigginton has been swinging the bat, who knows. He hit his 10th home run tonight to provide all the offense in the game. His team-leading 10 dingers and 19 RBI have come in just 87 at-bats.