Game 78: Orioles 6, Cardinals 9

The Good:

  • Alfredo Simon and Mike Gonzalez actually did a OK job in relief, combining with Jim Johnson for 5.2 IP and only one run allowed (on a mammoth homer onto Eutaw Street from Lance Berkman versus Simon).
  • Nolan Reimold actually got a start – his first since the 19th – and his a three-run homer. Also beat out an infield single with that patented Reimold hustle. Given how the season has gone, why don’t the O’s actually try to see if they have a left-fielder for next year?
  • Mark Reynolds also homered; his 15th of the year. 
  • Matt Wieters went 2-3 with the team’s only walk on the night.

The Bad:

  • The team just can’t keep sending Brian Matusz out like this. Before the game, I said that I had pretty much stopped hoping Matusz would hit 90 mph in this one, and would be content with no more than one walk and one home runs. Bar… lowered. Bar… not cleared. 3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. And he didn’t touch 89 mph even. I have to think he isn’t healthy, but if he is he should probably be in Norfolk.

Edit: After the game, Buck said Matusz is indeed getting sent down. Finally.

  • With two on and one out in the 8th, O’s down 9-5, and Mark Reynolds at the plate, Luke Scott stepped out on deck to apparently pinch-hit for Nolan Reimold. This would be, well, kinda crazy, given that after Reimold (who had already homered) was Robert Andino. Reynolds flew out and Reimold, thankfully, came to the plate. He singled to make it 9-6, bringing the tying run to the plate in the person of… Robert Andino (perhaps because he was 3-3 at that point?). I don’t know if Luke is even healthy enough to hit – perhaps having him on deck was a ploy to get the Cardinals to bring in a lefty or something – but if so, he should have been the one swinging the bat in that situation. Andino hit into an inning-ending double play, of course. Buck Magic!

Edit #2: Buck also said the reason Luke didn’t hit was because the Cardinals would then bring in a lefty. Career; Anindo vs. RHP: .259 wOBA, Luke vs. LHP: .342 wOBA. Oh, want to see just 2011? Andino vs. RHP: .252 wOBA, Luke vs. LHP: .336 wOBA. Makes sense. Oh, and as a bonus; Boggs (the righty) career vs. RHH: 3.32 xFIP. Valdes (the lefty) career vs. LHH: 3.73 FIP. But sure, Andino versus Boggs is the match-up you want.

The Final:

With the sweep, the Orioles fall to a season worst eight games under .500 at 35-43. Not a lot of excitement in Birdland right now.