* Brian Matusz kept rolling, with only one blip on his record. Final line; 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. He dominated David Ortiz, who went 0-3 with 3 K’s and is now 0-9 with 8 strike-outs in his career versus Matusz. Brian only got a few swings and misses, but he pounded the strike-zone pretty much all night long. His walk was on four pitches to JD Drew leading off the 7th, and it ended his evening.
* Koji Uehara picked up a rare five-out save, pitching 1.2 perfect innings with a K. If he’s willing to take a million bucks or so, I’d be very happy to have him back next year. As a Type B free agent, offering him arbitration should be an easy call in any case.
* Brian Roberts went 2-4, and his dancing off of first-base resulted in a free base when Josh Beckett rushed a pitch and threw it well wide of the catcher.
* Nick Markakis doubled – his 40th of the season. That gives him 40 for the 4th year in a row, making him one of only four players in the modern era to pull that off.
* Luke Scott singled and walked, and then later took a lefty reliever deep for his 26th home run of the year, setting a new career high. He’ll have a shot at 30 if he stays out of a slump in September.
* Felix Pie homered off the same lefty a couple batters later. Guess he’s not a LOOGY.
* Adam Jones struck out twice, chasing pitches out of the strike-zone. His swing looks a little long(er).
O’s win again. Now 17-10 under Buck, and finish August at 17-11. At 49-83, the Orioles are still 4.5 games ahead of the Pirates… and I don’t think their chances of catching them are that high.