Another Blown Save = 3-2 Loss

W – Heath Bell (3-0)     L – David Hernandez (2-6)

What a disastrous game. This is why I think we need to get a real manager in here as soon as possible. Sign Buck Showalter and let him get a head start on next year. Juan Samuel is just making the same mistakes that Dave Trembley made before him. Its like he calls him for advice before every move he makes. Brian Matusz pitched a great game in his hometown. The only run he gave up was on a “double” to center field that Adam Jones inexplicably overran and let fall in. It was weird, a ball he would’ve caught 99% of the time. He really seems to be struggling out there in center this year. Matusz held the Padres to that run on 6 hits and a walk with 4 strikeouts. Jason Berken pitched a scoreless 7th and got the first out of the 8th but was removed in favor of Will Ohman with the left handed hitting Adrian Gonzalez coming up. The only thing wrong with that is that Gonzalez has been crushing left handed pitching, including going 2-2 with a walk against Matusz. I would’ve stuck with Berken but it ended up not making a difference. Ohman walked Gonzalez and was taken out of the game. Alfredo Simon came in and struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning. Some might say Samuel should’ve stuck with Simon in the 9th but I thought he made the right move using David Hernandez even though it didn’t work out. Hernandez walked the first batter on four pitches and gave up back to back singles to load the bases in the 9th after the Orioles had just taken a one run lead. He struck out the next batter but a single tied it with Samuel curiously deciding to play the infield in with one out and a one run lead. The ball might have still gone through but you’re really handcuffing yourself with the infield playing in. I would’ve had the corners in but the middle in double play depth. Turn two and the games over, even if you only get one its still a tie game. So they tied it and then the next batter, Gonzalez, ended it with a single into right field. Just a terrible loss.

The offensive woes continued last night. Again it was all singles. Hard to put a big inning together without any extra base hits. We took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning with back to back to back singles opened the inning. Miguel Tejada started it off, Nick Markakis followed, and Ty Wiggington knocked in Tejada. So with runners on first and second with nobody out what happens? Adam Jones pops out to first base and Matt Wieters swings at the first pitch he sees and grounds into a double play. Typical of our season. There was another play where Julio Lugo stole second base and attempted to steal third base but Cesar Izturis backed up into the catcher causing him to be out for catchers interference and Lugo had to go back to second base. Again, typical of our season. It wasn’t until the 9th inning when we scored our second run. Wiggington walked and was sacrificed to second by Jones. Lugo sent a flare out to left that Scott Hairston tried to make a diving catch on but he just missed, giving the O’s the lead. Tejada, Markakis, and Wigginton each had two singles. Izturis had our only other hit. We should’ve put this game a little more out of reach. We can’t trust a lead with our bullpen woes right now.

Player of the game: Brian Matusz – 6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K (4.67 ERA)

Kevin Millwood (0-8, 5.16) needs to get back on track tonight, for his and the team’s sake. Former White Sox lefty Clayton Richard (4-3, 2.71) pitches for San Diego.

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