O’s Dropping Like Flies, Lose 4-2

W – Jordan Zimmermann (5-6)     L – Brian Matusz (1-2)     SV – Drew Storen (17)

– All of a sudden minor injuries are plaguing the Orioles clubhouse. I guess the good thing is they only appear to be minor. First Alfredo Simon went on the DL for a hamstring strain, then Jeremy Guthrie left a game because of a slight strain in his back, and now Luke Scott and Brian Matusz each left yesterday’s game early. Scott was having back spasms in his upper back and had to be removed from the game, then Matusz was taken out with one out in the 6th inning with a bad cramp in his hamstring. Scott is expected to miss the next couple games but should miss the DL and Matusz is expected to make his next start. As for the game Brian allowed four runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. He gave up two homeruns but his fastball had a little more velocity to it than his first few starts.
– Clay Rapada replaced Matusz and finished the inning. Brad Bergesen pitched the final two innings without allowing a run and striking out a batter. He could still start Tuesday if needed.
– Adam Jones hit a solo homerun in the 1st inning, his 10th of the year. Our only other run came on an RBI single by JJ Hardy in the 7th. Derrek Lee must enjoy being back in the National League. He had a single and a double, making him 7-9 in the series. Mark Reynolds singled and walked, continuing to raise his average. Its now up to .207. Felix Pie singled after replacing Luke Scott in the game. Nolan Reimold had a pinch hit single and Nick Markakis singled as well. The O’s are now six games under .500 for the first time this year. Unless the team goes on some big winning streak it looks like we’re going to be one of the few definite sellers at the trade deadline, which could actually put us in a good spot if Guthrie and Scott get healthy and perform.

Player of the game: Derrek Lee – 2-4, double (8) (.240 AVG)

Chris Jakubauskas (1-0, 5.09) gets another start as the Orioles try to avoid a sweep again. Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 4.25) comes off the DL to make the start for the Nationals.

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