Orioles' Ber-G-esen Picks up a "W" in His Debut, Fans Swell with Joy

Zachary Ball@MLBDraftCntdwnAnalyst IApril 22, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MARCH 2: Brad Bergesen #64 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium March 2, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Rookie pitcher Brad Bergesen made his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox a few hours ago, and boy was it a doozie!

The most exciting thing to hit Baltimore since Michael Phelps, Bergesen not only debuted, but starred, picking up the win after pitching five and two thirds of one run ball, and taking a no-hitter into the fourth inning. It helped that the Orioles scored 10 runs to back him up. Even without the run support, Bergesen's performance was even more stellar, considering the fact he had to face a one and a half hour rain delay, and you know he had some serious jitters.

Bergesen, pronounced with a hard "G," kept hitters off balance all night, with a fastball that topped out at 94, surprisingly, and painted the corners, getting several really good, and some questionable, calls.ย 

After a one-two-three first inning, the rookie got a double play to get him out of the second, before retiring the side, in order, in the third and fourth. In all, Bergesen threw 95 pitches, 58 of them strikes. He also allowed four hits, three runs (only one earned), striking out four, while walking only two.

The Orioles knew they were getting a control pitcher when they called up Bergesen. In fact, he was ranked as the pitcher with the best control in the entire system by Baseball America this past year. Thank God someone finally came through. The Orioles have seen their fair share of promising pitching prospects going down in flames in the past years, which has led to speculation that they're potentially promoting pitchers before they're ready.

Now, let's be clear about something: Brad Bergesen is not the savior of this franchise, or even the rotation. He'll have his ups, like tonight, and his downs (first time he faces the Bo Sox), but so far, the results appear to be very, VERY good, and I can't wait to see some more of Brad Bergesen.