Saturday, July 3, 2010

Orioles Open Up Series With Red Sox With a Loss; Gonzalez and Stuffage...

The Orioles played a fairly solid game on Friday up in Boston, but lost for the 55th time in 79 chances this season. They were defeated 3-2 as Red Sox rookie Daniel Nava's bloop single in the eighth inning to right field off reliever Wil Ohman did the Orioles in, and J.D. Drew hit two solo homers (including one that was very questionable).

Brad Bergesen gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings in one of his better showings of 2010, but he could not get much support from his offense that was kept at bay by knuckballer Tim Wakefield along with the Boston bullpen. Nick Markakis hit his 4th homer of the year in the fourth inning, and Corey Patterson had an RBI-single in the fifth.

Jonathan Papelbon got the save.

Other than that, it looks like Felix Pie and Mike Gonzalez are closer to returning to the major leagues; however, both men had their struggles on Friday night. I'm not too worried about Pie, but does anyone wonder if Gonzalez will become a viable part of the Oriole roster and live up to the contract he signed in the offseason?

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