No Hitting, No Winning In 3-1 Game

W – Javier Vazquez (4-5)     L – Brian Matusz (2-6)     SV – Mariano Rivera (11)

I guess its come down to picking out a few moral victories from each game. There aren’t any on the offensive side of the game very often. Our only run came on a Corey Patterson solo homerun in the 6th inning. It was his third of the season since he joined the team in early May. Luke Scott had a good game, going two for three with a double and a hit by pitch. He remains hot at the plate. Adam Jones and Nick Markakis each singled and Matt Wieters was intentionally walked. Thats it. That was the support the hitters gave our pitching staff. Five hits and an intentional walk. Its unbelievable to me that this team is scoring 1.5 less runs per game than last year’s squad. And with the same people telling them the same things I don’t think its going to change anytime soon.

Brian Matusz rebounded very nicely and pitched a great game. He gave up a solo homerun to Curtis Granderson in the 5th inning but that would be the only earned run he would let in. He masterfully worked out of a tough jam in the bottom of the 6th. After Alex Rodriguez led off with a double and Robinson Cano followed with a single, Matusz was able to strand the runners at first and third. He got the next two batter to pop out and then struck out Granderson to end the inning. He got into a little trouble in the 7th when a single and a walk left runners on first and second. He got Juan Miranda to ground out but the runners advanced and A-Rod was due up. Dave Trembley decided to bring in David Hernandez which I thought was the right move. On the first pitch Rodriguez grounded the ball to third base and the inning should’ve ended but Miguel Tejada threw the ball away and both runners scored. Hernandez got the next batter out but the damage was already done. He made quick work of the Yankees in the 8th, striking out a pair of batters. I must say he looks great working in relief. His fastball is a couple of ticks faster and there seems to be more movement on it. I think he has a very bright future coming out of the bullpen and I predict that he will be our closer sooner rather than later.

Player of the game: Brian Matusz – 6.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K, L (2-6) (5.28 ERA)

Tonight we’ll try to score some runs for Brad Bergesen (3-3, 5.96) as we face off against Phil Hughes (6-1, 2.70) and the Yankees.

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