W – Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) L – Justin Masterson (4-6, 4.57) SV – Jim Johnson (7)
Matusz was outstanding yesterday and finally showed what hes capable of since his first start against the Detroit Tigers. Aside from a little trouble in the 6th, he was pretty much doing whatever he wanted out there. He was pulled from the game after going 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 8 batters. Matusz seems to be getting comfortable out there. He really had all of his pitches working for him yesterday. I think either him or Brad Bergesen will be our opening day starter next year. Danys Baez gave up a run on 3 hits in the 8th before Jim Johnson pitched a perfect 9th to pick up the save. Its good to see Johnson respond positively after his last time out, when he blew the save.
The Orioles did most of their damage on offense in the 3rd inning. Ty Wigginton singled to start the inning, one of his 2 hits in the game. After Cesar Izturis struck out, Brian Roberts singled and Wiggington scored on a throwing error by Jamey Carroll. The next batter was Felix Pie who belted his 7th homerun of the season, an opposite field shot. He also had a walk in the game. Adam Jones worked his 2nd walk in the ballgame, Nolan Reimold walked, and Luke Scott hit an RBI double to make it 4-0. Our 5th run came in the 6th inning. Matt Wieters singled and moved to third on an Izturis single. Roberts hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Wieters.
Player of the game: Brian Matusz (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 8 K, W (3-2) (5.28 ERA))
Jeremy Guthrie (9-12, 5.26) looks for his 3rd straight good start as the O’s start a series with the New York Yankees. Andy Pettite (11-6, 4.18) will pitch for them.