Game 52: Orioles 1, Yankees 3

The Good:

* Brian Matusz did a good job navigating the tough Yankees’ line-up. 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. His control wasn’t sensational, but when when he missed it tended to be down in the zone – and that he got more groundouts (10) than flyouts (8) is nice.

The Bad:

* Shocker: O”s offense couldn’t do much. Corey Patterson homered (and struck out twice); Luke Scott singled and doubled; and Markakis and Jones each singled. That’s it. Their only walk was of the intentional variety.

* Miguel Tejada made a throwing error that allowed a couple of runs to score. Number seven on the year for Miggy.

The Final:

Another off-day went by without Dave Trembley losing his job. While I do think that Trembley makes quite a few in-game mistakes, that’s not really an uncommon thing for major league managers. I don’t understand it, but a large measure of a manager’s quality comes from behind the scenes work. At this point, it seems to me that Dave isn’t doing so well at that stuff either. I’m all for his firing, but (1) that in and of itself is unlikely to make the team better and (2) whoever takes his place is likely to be in a similar mold. That there isn’t a readily available interim back-up is the thing most keeping Trembley at the helm at this point.

Anyway, the O’s lose again. Couldn’t get anything going against Javy Vazquez. Now 15-37 on the season – that’s a 47 win pace.

Nothing tomorrow, as the softball team tries to pick up their first win of the season. Trying to do my best Pablo Sandoval impersonation by swinging at everything and hitting for a decent average (up to .667 I think). Perhaps actually more like Ichiro given the lack of power, but I think I’m closer to Kung Fu Panda otherwise. You know, because I can switch-hit.