O’s Lose Home Run Derby 10-5

W – Bronson Arroyo (7-6)     L – Brian Matusz (1-3)

– There were nine homeruns in this game, accounting for all but one of the runs scored. Brian Matusz got knocked around again, his velocity still in the 85-87 mph range. He gave up three homeruns over 4.2 innings which resulted in six runs. He only walked one and struck out five but gave up nine hits. Its getting past the point of being just rust and needing to build arm strength back up. There has to be worry that his back is still bothering him or something else is going on. He doesn’t look anything like the pitcher we saw over the last two months of the 2010 season. Apparently he’ll make his next turn in the rotation but that may be more because of lack of depth and Jake Arrieta’s minor injury than anything else.
– Brad Bergesen didn’t fare any better coming out of the bullpen. He gave up two homeruns of his own. Over three innings he gave up four runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. I see a trip back to AAA in his near future. Just when I thought he was going to get another crack at the rotation. Mike Gonzalez threw 1.1 scoreless innings. He can’t be pleased getting almost all of his work in mop up duty when games are already out of hand one way or the other. But thats what happens when you pitch as badly as he has over the past two years.
– The offense hit four homeruns of their own, tying the game at four at one point, but couldn’t keep up with the big red machine. Adam Jones hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 1st to give the O’s a brief lead. Nick Markakis hit a two run shot in the 3rd, Matt Wieters hit a solo shot in the 4th, and JJ Hardy hit a solo homerun of his own in the 7th. Wieters hadn’t been hitting for much power at all before Friday (four extra base hits in May, four in June to that point) but he had two ground rule doubles in game one of the series and a homerun last night. Hes been inconsistent but the Orioles have to like how hes progressed this year.
– Hardy and Markakis both added singles to their box score line. Adam Jones walked, Luke Scott doubled, Vladimir Guerrero and Robert Andino each singled, and Mark Reynolds walked twice plus stole his fifth base of the season. Very disappointing loss after such a sweet victory the night before.

Player of the game: Nick Markakis – 2-4, 2 Run HR (6) (.271 AVG)

The Orioles will try to take the series today with Jeremy Guthrie (2-9, 3.79) on the mound. Homer Bailey (3-1, 3.00) pitches for Cincinnati.


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