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Q&A with Sky Sox starter Christian Bergman, who is enjoying a record run

Published: May 19, 2014, 10:37 pm, by Brent Briggeman

Sky Sox starter Christian Bergman ran his home scoreless inning streak to  a team-record 24 innings on Monday, as he blanked Memphis for eight innings in a no-decision. In Bergman’s last four starts overall he has given up just one run, but has an 0-1 record in that time as the offense has gone 30 1/3 innings without scoring with Berman on the mound.

He talked about this stretch following Monday’s game:


Q: How can you explain this run you’re on?

A: I’ve just been tyring to go out and repeat the same thing every time and be consistent and just try to actually forget about all the ones before and just go out and do my thing.


Are guys in here apologizing to you for the lack of run support?

No, it’s a part of the game. I’m sure there are going to be games where I give up a bunch of runs and still get the win, so it all evens out in the end.


You lived dangerously there for a while, with two long drives that just went foul in left that would have been out and then a ball down the right field line that just missed the line, but what does it say that you ended up getting each of those guys out?

I actually heard a stat once that 80 percent of the time after a foul home run, a guy strikes out. I don’t think I struck him out, but…


Does that go through your mind?

A little bit, just kind of hoping that happens. But you just move on to the next pitch.


In the bigger picture, I know today in the Denver Post Woody Paige was talking about two pitchers in Double-A as candidates for a call-up. Are you wondering when your name is going to get in this conversation, because what else can you do?

Well, that’s the thing. There is nothing else I can do but keep going out there every day and helping my team get a win. Hopefully at some point somebody finally takes notice and thinks I can do what I think I can do.


It’s got to be good that you’re not only doing it, but doing it here in this ballpark. There had never been a scoreless game here going into the ninth, now it’s happened in two of your last three starts.

The whole pitching at altitude thing, I heard a lot about that before this season started. I kind of wanted to be the one to go against all the other stuff that’s happened here. So that was kind of a goal of mine to prove you can pitch at altitude and be successful here.


Is there anything about your stuff that translates here?

I don’t think so. I think it’s just knowing who you are, attacking hitters and pitching your game.


Others on Bergman

Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill

Q: Have you ever seen a pitcher go through a stretch like this?

A: No, I haven’t.


What’s the most bizarre part of it — his mastery of a hitter’s park or the offense’s lack of production behind him?

I don’t think it’s bizarre that he’s pitching so well. He pitches at a fast pace and keep the defenes into the game. I know he has not been rewarded for it with a win, but he has been rewarded for it in terms of his confidence and being consistent in what he’s doing.

He can keep it on, as far as I concern. As long as he can keep pitching like that.


What are you reporting to the Rockies about him? 

This is what they’re supposed to do. I’m not saying they should pitch this many scoreless innings, but as far as his being consistent and having command of his pitches and being able to sustain focus late in games is ideal.

I think he’s had some effect on the other pitches as well.


Outfielder Kyle Parker, who had the game-winning hit in the 10th, two innings after Bergman left the game

Q: Did anyone apologize to Bergman after the game?

A: I don’t think anyone really has anything to say, but I know everyone feels bad about it. You’d like to go out and throw up some runs for a guy who is pitching like that.


Have you ever seen a guy on a roll like this? 

I’ve played with him for three years. I’ve seen him and how he works. It’s easy to play behind him because he pitches to contact. To not win, that’s tough. What can you really say about it? You feel bad.