Matusz Gets First Win 4-2

W – Brian Matusz (1-0)     L – Gio Gonzalez (5-4)     SV – Kevin Gregg (11)

– Matusz got the win in his first home game of the season. I was a little surprised when he was taken out with one out in the 6th inning having only thrown 89 pitches but it ended up working out. Overall he went 5.1 innings allowing two runs on a homerun, seven hits, and his first two walks of the year. He struck out three batters. His velocity was still down and he seemed to be laboring towards the end but his curve ball was nasty last night. He still has to get himself completely back in game shape but I’m glad hes back. Hes fun to watch and he makes us better.
– Don’t look now but the bullpen is rolling. Jim Johnson came in with runners on first and second with one out in the 6th and promptly got a double play ground ball. He came back out and pitched a perfect 7th as well. Koji Uehara was perfect in the 8th, striking out a batter. Kevin Gregg struck out two in his own perfect inning. The bullpen didn’t allow a hit or a walk over 3.2 innings. That doesn’t happen very often.
– The Orioles got the first two batters on base in the 1st inning when Robert Andino singled and Nick Markakis reached on an error. It looked like we were going to completely blow the opportunity after Adam Jones grounded into a double play but Vladimir singled in Markakis, although Vlad was thrown out at second base to end the inning. Andino would single again later in the game.
– The offense got three more runs in the second and that was all they needed. Good thing too because they didn’t score again. Derrek Lee looks good since returning from the DL. He led off with a single and stole second base, moving to third after the throw went into the outfield. Matt Wieters singled him in and would eventually come around to score on Nolen Reimold’s sacrifice fly. After yet another failed bunt attempt from Andino, Markakis singled in a run to top off the scoring.
– Wieters had two singles in the game. So did JJ Hardy who has been hitting the ball hard alot lately. Can’t criticize that trade. Speaking of criticized trades, Mark Reynolds walked in the game. He also struck out. Just doing what he does best.

Player of the game: Matt Wieters – 2-4, R, RBI (.274 AVG)

The O’s will try to their best to concede tonight’s game sending Chris Jakubauskas (0-0, 6.39) to the mound for game two. The offense gets another look at Guillermo Moscoso (2-1, 3.21) as they try to hand Oakland their 8th straight loss.

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