O’s Outslugged 9-6

W – Wade Davis (5-5)     L – Brian Matusz (1-1)     SV – J.P. Howell (1)

– Brian Matusz looked like he was throwing batting practice out there. In his worst start as a major leaguer he gave up four runs on five hits and four walks over an inning and a third. He didn’t strike out a batter and also allowed four stolen bases. He was barely able to hit 87 on the radar gun but more importantly couldn’t locate it on the corners on down in the zone. He looked very uncomfortable out there, sweating profusely. It doesn’t look like hes in great shape.
– Alfredo Simon did a good job of eating up innings. Over 4.2 innings he gave up three runs but only one was earned thanks to two errors by Mark Reynolds. He struck out three batters, walked two, and gave up five hits. Mike Gonzalez pitched 1.1 innings allowing a run with two strike outs. Jeremy Accardo gave up a run in only 0.2 innings and Clay Rapada pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the 9th.
– The offense wasn’t the problem yesterday but they just couldn’t keep up with the Rays’ bats. Adam Jones and Vladimir Guerrero hit back to back homeruns in the bottom of the 1st. Jones also scored later when he doubled to the gap in right center field and the throw to third went into the stands. Adam had actually started to go back to second base but because he started towards third when the throw was made, he was given two bases. Two RBI ground outs in the 7th from Nick Markakis and Jones kept the dream alive a little longer.
– Luke Scott hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 8th for our final run. He also singled in the game. JJ Hardy continued to hit well from the lead off spot with two singles. Markakis, Robert Andino, Ryan Adams, Craig Tatum, and Matt Wieters each singled. Reynolds walked before coming out of the game with a bruised forearm. Sean Rodriguez hit a screaming one hopper that hit off his arm and flew into center field. It was one of the hardest hit balls I’ve ever seen but Reynolds still failed to get in front of it. Sometimes he looks great out there but too often he looks sub par.

Player of the game: Adam Jones – 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, double (12), HR (9) (.301 AVG)

Zach Britton is having his next start pushed back to the weekend to help him stay on pace for 175 total innings. Chris Jakubauskas (1-0, 4.58) will start the first game of the long road trip in Toronto instead on Tuesday against Carlos Villanueva (4-0, 3.09).


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