Another One Run Game, Another Loss; 3-1

W – Hisanori Takahashi (5-2)     L – Brian Matusz (2-7)     SV – Francisco Rodriguez (13)

What is there to say anymore really? Flat out, the Orioles can’t hit – especially with runners in scoring position. We were 1-10 in that regard last night. We have scored one run or less in 20 games this season, about 30 percent of our games! You can’t win no matter how good your pitching is with that kind of production. We got our lone run in the 1st inning which we seem to do alot. Corey Patterson led off with a double high off the scoreboard in right field and scored on Nick Markakis’ ground rule double. Markakis would double again later in the game. Hes been on fire over the last three games. Now we just need to see him a few homeruns. The rest of the offense produced singles from Ty Wiggington, Adam Jones, Julio Lugo, and Cesar Izturis. Craig Tatum walked and Jones was hit by a pitch. We’re a singles hitting team with no plate discipline and an inability to hit with runners in scoring position. Not a good mix.

Brian Matusz pitched a great game. Hes been getting better and better after those two games where he got shelled and this was his best performance in over a month. He pitched a career high 8 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 4 batters and didn’t walk anybody. His runs came on two solo homers and a potential double play ball that Julio Lugo ruined with a wild throw to first base. His command was probably the best its been all season aside from the two homeruns where he caught too much of the middle of the plate. His changeup was really working well and he got just as many groundball outs as flyball outs despite generally being a fly ball pitcher. Its a shame he was saddled with his 7th consecutive losing decision. With a better defense I have no doubt his numbers would look alot better. Jason Berken pitched a perfect 9th inning with a strikeout.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, RBI, 2 doubles (19) (.300 AVG)

Kevin Millwood (0-7, 4.64) is glad to be rid of the Yankees but instead he goes up against another New York team and their ace, Mike Pelfrey (8-1, 2.23).

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