Brad Bergesen was removed after four rocky innings in which he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks. He threw 52 pitches, only 26 for strikes.
I was under the impression that Bergesen would go five innings today. Instead, after leaving the game, he is still throwing in the bullpen and taking instruction from minor league pitching instructor Alan Dunn,
In his past three starts spanning 9 2/3 innings, Bergesen has allowed 10 earned runs, 16 hits and five walks.
Meanwhile, Kevin Gregg relieved Bergesen and got just one out in the fifth inning. He allowed four runs on three hits and a walk. That included Brett Wallace's grand slam that gave the Astros a 7-1 lead.
In his past two outings, Gregg has surrendered eight earned runs, eight hits and one walk over 1 1/3 innings.