Game 107: Orioles 9, Angels 7

The Good:

* Brian Matusz pitched 6 very solid inning before being removed (partially) due to a rain delay, having thrown 93 pitches. He did a vey nice job pounding the zone, and was able to keep the ball down more than usual (10 groundouts to 7 flyouts). Final line; 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

* After some shenanigans from a couple other relievers, Koji Uehara took care of some serious business. 4 outs – 3 via the strike-out – and he looked excellent, blowing the fastball by people at 89 mph and rolling the splitter off the table. The side-burns are just a bonus.

* Luke Scott singled and muscled a two-run homer to the opposite field.

* Adam Jones went 3-4 with a pair of opposite field doubles.

* Felix Pie went 3-4 as well, including a triple down the first-base line (which you don’t see every day). He drove in Jones – the preceding batter in the line-up – three times, which is something I could get used to.

* 9 runs on 14 hits and 2 walks. I don’t know where this offensive explosion came from, but hopefully it doesn’t dissipate after a day as some previous incarnations this season have.

The Bad:

* Brian Roberts took an aggressive lead off second-base in the bottom of the , and appeared to hurt his leg getting back in on a pick-off attempt. Just take it easy and stay on the field. After the rain delay, he was removed from the game with a left shin contusion.

* Cesar Izturis put down a sac bunt in the 2nd inning with no outs and runners on first and second, the O’s already up 2-0. What did I say just yesterday about this kind of thing? Oh yeah; I hate bunting – especially that crazy “move a guy from first to second when down 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth” variety. What would Weaver do?

* The bullpen was not especially effective coming in for Matusz, with Matt Albers (1 out, 4 runs) and David Hernandez (1 out, 1 run, and left the game with an injury (ankle sprain) after covering the plate on a wild pitch) getting touched up. Alfredo Simon had his usual rocky 9th, giving up three hit but was partially saved when Torii Hunter inexplicably tried to steal third with no outs and the lead already down to two (and was caught). Absolutely no reason to risk an out there with a non-tying run, while also potentially distracting the batter.

The Final:

Everything before the rain delay was Orioles’ Magic, but it kind of decided to take the rest of the night off when given the chance. It’s OK though, as the Birds held on to win 9-7, improving to 34-73 on the season and 2-0 under Buck Showalter.