O’s End Losing Streak Finally; 8-3

W – Brian Matusz (2-0)     L – Brett Anderson (1-1)     SV – Jim Johnson (1)

The Orioles have won two games this year and Brian Matusz started and got the win in each of them. His other start was his best of them all and he should’ve got the win in that one too. At least theres been one bright spot so far this season. Matusz was impressive again yesterday, striking out 8 batters over 6.1 innings while allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk. Hard to belive the kid is only 23 years old, a month younger than me. He left the game with a bit of trouble in the 7th, runners on first and third with one out. Will Ohman allowed one inherited runner to score on a sacrifice fly  but was able to strand the other runner. Jim Johnson bounced back nicely to record a six out save a day after blowing the save and the game the day before. We’re going to need him to be effective as the only real option to close with Koji Uehara and Mike Gonzalez on the disabled list. At least we know we’ll have a chance to win every fifth game with Matusz on the mound. Hes fun to watch.

The O’s bats finally got it going yesterday despite missing three key cogs from the lineup (Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada, Felix Pie). Ty Wiggington has really stepped up in the absence of those guys and taken advantage of the playing time hes been given. He doubled in two runs to give the O’s an early lead in the third inning after Cesar Izturis and Adam Jones singled and then scored on Nick Markakis’ single. He also gave us some insurance in the 9th with a two run homer to score Izturis, who had doubled, and himself. In the 4th Matt Wieters singled to open the inning, moved to second on a Garrett Atkins ground out, and scored when Lou Montanez singled. We came right back in the 5th with two more runs. Wiggington reached on a error, Markakis singled and they both moved up on a passed ball. Nolan Reimold then doubled to bring them both home. Adam Jones singled twice in the game. It was the first time the Orioles offense showed some life and lived up to the expectations they had coming into the season. The fact that they were able to accomplish that against a young left handed pitcher that has been excellent since the second half of last year is even better. Hopefully this will put us over the hump and we can keep it going from here.

Player of the game: Ty Wiggington (2-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, double (1), HR (4) (.290 AVG))

Its off to Seattle now for a three game series against the Mariners. They’ve been struggling with their hitting so hopefully Brad Bergesen (0-1, 11.74) can recover from his brutal first two starts. He’ll be countered with Doug Fister (1-1, 1.50), a guy we should be able to hit.

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