O’s Shutout 4-0 To Lose Series

W – AJ Burnett (3-0)     L – Brian Matusz (2-1)

AJ Burnett just shut us down tonight. In the early innings we were hitting the ball hard but the Yankees defense was making every play possible. But after a while we just couldn’t get anything going, hitting alot of weak fly balls and pop ups. We only had three hits in the game. Adam Jones, Ty Wiggington, and Cesar Izturis each had singles. Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters each worked a walk. Whenever we did have any scoring opportunities we couldn’t do anything with them, going 0-3 with runners in scoring position. Trembley needs to do something with the lineup and drop Jones out of the leadoff spot. I propose a Nick Markakis – Ty Wiggington – Matt Wieters – Miguel Tejada – Luke Scott – Adam Jones – Nolan Reimold – Rhyne Hughes – Cesar Izturis order for the time being.

Brian Matusz gave us another quality start but thats not good enough when the offense gets shut out. He battled out there like he always does and did a great job of limiting the damage anytime the Yankees got something going. New York had a few bloop hits that fell in to make matters worse. Matusz only made a few mistake pitches but it seemed like every time he did they took advantage of it. He hung a curve ball to Robinson Cano that was blasted into the bleacher seats in right center. Cano would hit another solo homerun in the 8th off of Alberto Castillo and he also had a double in the game. Not only that but he robbed Nolan Reimold of a base hit earlier in the game. Matusz went 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 9 hits. Matt Albers pitched a perfect 1.1 innings. He seems to pitch much better in low leverage situations. Hopefully Dave Trembley notices that but I doubt it. Alberto Castillo gave up that Cano homerun over an innings work. He also walked a batter and gave up a double. Jason Berken got the last two outs in the 9th without any problem. He needs to get some looks in higher leverage situations to see how he handles them.

Player of the game: Brian Matusz (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 K, L (2-1) (4.40 ERA))

No rest for the weary as John Lackey (2-1, 5.09) and the Red Sox come into town for a three game series. David Hernandez (0-3, 4.84) gives it another try for the Orioles.

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