Sarfate Debut: He did better than the Rest of them

The game’s still going, but I decided that silence is a more welcome sound on a rare afternoon off rather than Yankee bats. Dennis Sarfate debuted in the rotation. A move that I’m not sure about in its duration. The trade deadline is tomorrow, so perhaps the O’s need a spot start from somebody until a move is done or more likely, its buying some time for another couple of starts in the minors for Bergesen or Hayden Penn. Its times like these that the Matt Albers injurys really hurts.

Dennis Sarfate, starter, happened today. He fared better than I thought. The good part of it all is that he struck out 5 and gave up only 2 hits. The bad part of it is that he went only four innings, walked three, and wasn’t done any favors in the first inning by the defense. Sarfate gave up 5 runs, but only 3 of them earned. One run was a result of a throwing error by Nick Markakis and the other a passed by Guillermo Quiroz, in a bloody first inning. He threw 68 pitches, 39 for strikes. Since it was his first start in the majors, it’d be foolish to expect him to throw 90-100 pitches in his first start. If nothing else, he didn’t embarrass himself out there and for that alone, he ought to get a second start until the rotation gets settled down.

Meanwhile, the pitcher Sarfate replaced didn’t fare as well today. Brian Burres came on in long relief in the 5th and got knocked around to the tune of 4 hits and 4 runs in only an inning and a third of work. The O’s would end up losing by a 13-3 final. On a bright note, Juan Castro hit a pinch hit solo homer today.

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