Big Day Ends With 6-5 Extra Inning Win

W – David Hernandez (5-7)     L – Blake Wood (0-2)     SV – Alfredo Simon (15)

Brian Matusz struggled yet again last night. Fortunately the team was able to overcome it but after coming out of the gate looking good with three scoreless innings Matusz couldn’t get out of the 4th. He walked the lead off batter, gave up a double, and then another walk to load the bases. He walked in a run, gave up another one on a sacrifice fly, and reloaded the bases on a bloop single before getting pulled from the game. Mark Hendrickson came in and gave up back to back singles to add three more runs to Matusz’ line, making it 3.1 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Hendrickson finally got out of the inning and would go on to throw two more innings without allowing a run. Matt Albers started the 7th and got two outs but left with two runners on base after a double and a walk. Mike Gonzalez came in and struck out the first batter he faced and also threw a scoreless 8th inning. I saw him hit 96 mph on the radar gun which is a good sign that hes finally fully healthy. David Hernandez threw two scoreless innings in the 9th and 10th striking out three batters in the process. Alfredo Simon gave up two singles in the 11th but got a double play in between and notched his 15th save of the season.

The game started off great as the Orioles got a run in each of the first three innings. Brian Roberts led off the game with a double, moved to third on Nick Markakis’ ground out, and scored on Ty Wiggington’s sacrifice fly. In the 2nd we loaded the bases with a Felix Pie single and back to back walks from Matt Wieters and Corey Patterson. Cesar Izturis almost grounded into a double play but instead was safe at first allowing a run to score. Markakis hit his 7th homerun of the season to lead off the 3rd inning. After the Royals took a 5-3 lead the O’s chipped back into the game. We got a run in the 6th inning on Patterson’s RBI ground out after an error allowed Pie to third after he walked. Patterson struck again in the 8th to tie it up with a solo homerun and sent the game into extra innings. In the 11th Izturis led off with a walk and moved to third on Roberts’ single. Two batters later Wiggington lifted his second sacrifice fly of the game and the Orioles came away with a rare victory on the same day that Miguel Tejada was traded and Buck Showalter was hired to be the next manager. It was a great day all around, aside from another disappointing start from Brian Matusz.

Player of the game: Corey Patterson – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, HR (6), SB (18) (.278 AVG)

Newly acquired Sean O’Sullivan (1-1, 4.00) pitches for the Royals tonight in game two. Jake Arrieta (3-3, 5.40) pitches for the Orioles.

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