Game 112: Orioles 3, White Sox 2

The Good:

* Was Buck Showalter the manager for this game? Then I guess an Orioles’ pitcher had a quality start. Brian Matusz made it seven in a row for the team, and two straight personally. Final line; 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB (1 IBB), 4 K, and 6 groundballs to 6 flyballs (that’s good for Brian, who’s been an extreme flyball pitcher in his career thus far). He looked good, and was able to work himself out of trouble in the 6th, getting a strike-out and a pop-up with one down and runners on the corners.

* Koji Uehara is healthy and throwing bullets out of the pen. Two perfect innings with a K, a groundout, and 4 pop-outs. I can’t wait for sideburns day at the yard in September.

* Ty Wigginton went 2-4 with his 18th home run of the year. He’s 6 away from his career high (24 in 2006), but I’m not sure he’ll get there with only 5 HR since the start of June.

* Luke Scott and Felix Pie also picked up a couple hits each.

* You know who came into the game with zero home runs on the year? Brian Roberts. Guess he was just waiting for a tie game in extra innings, as he took JJ Putz deep over the scoreboard for the walk-off blast in the bottom of the 10th. Exciting!

The Bad:

* Alfredo Simon with another blown save on a home run. He’s only given up 6 longballs on the year now – I thought it was way more. It’s amazing, since his groundball rate is like 50% but he’s giving up almost 1.5 home runs per nine. I love his stuff, and we’ll see if his control improves next year – in his second season after Tommy John surgery. For now, his ERA is just meeting up with his xFIP (both around 4.50). It was to be expected.

The Final:

6-1 under Buck now, and it’s the first time all year they’ve won 6 out of 7 games. The O’s swept the Angels and took 3 of 4 from the Pale Hose, and now we’ll see if that Buck magic works on the road in Cleveland.