Matusz Great Start Ruined In 8-6 Loss

W – Lance Cormier (1-0)     L – Matt Albers (0-1)     SV – Rafael Soriano (2)

First things first. The Orioles have found their ace for at least the next six years. Brian Matusz was absolutely incredible last night. This guy just goes out there and pitches his game no matter what the circumstances are. He pitches like a 10 year veteran despite being a 22 year old rookie. If you just look at his line you’ll see he was charged with 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk over 7.1 innings, but he was dominant over the first seven. Through seven innings he had a shutout going with 7 strikeouts (he would finish with eight) and the only two hits he had given up were a bunt single and a check swing dribbler that went against the shift for a single. In the 8th he struck out the first batter, but then gave up a soft groundball single and a bloop single into the outfield. At this point you should have somebody warmed up in the bullpen just in case but he looks ok. Jason Bartlett hit a hard single into left field to load the bases and at this point I would’ve brought in Jim Johnson. But Dave Trembley left him in for one more and he also ripped a single into left field, scoring a run and leaving the bases loaded. Johnson was finally called upon and got the first hitter he faced to pop out. Evan Longoria followed with a two run single and then Carlos Pena got an infield single to score another. Cesar Izturis made a great diving stop but Garrett Atkins couldn’t handle the one hop throw. BJ Upton then hit an RBI double before Will Ohman got out of the inning. After the Orioles tied it up (more on that later), Matt Albers walked the first two batters he faced in the 10th which was followed by a 3 run homerun by Pena. This was definitely the bad Albers and he should be on a very short leash now. Jason berken came on to get the three outs and didn’t give up any more runs.

The offense finally came alive a little bit but it was too little too late. After loading the bases in the 3rd with a Felix Pie single, Miguel Tejada HBP, and Nick Markakis single, Matt Wieters grounded out softly to first base to score a run. We couldn’t get another run in however until Ty Wiggington homered to bring in two runs after Adam Jones singled in the 6th. After the devastating five run top of the 8th the Orioles tied it right back up. After Garrett Atkins walked, Luke Scott hit a two run homer pinch hitting for Cesar Izturis. The three run top of the 10th however was too much to overcome. Wiggington chipped off a run with a solo shot, his second HR of the game, but Julio Lugo struck out looking to end it. Pie had three singles, Markakis two, and Izturis one in the loss. Its the 5th straight loss for the Orioles and I don’t know how the season could’ve started off any worse.

Player of the game: Brian Matusz (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 8 K (4.38 ERA)

Its an afternoon game today as the Orioles look to avoid being swept in their first homestand. Brad Bergesen (0-0, 9.64) looks to rebound and lead the O’s to victory against David Price (1-0, 3.52) and the Rays.

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