For those near a radio tomorrow (well, later today) at 1:35, turn to 1090am to hear me talk some Orioles baseball on WBAL.
- Brian Matusz had a rocky first inning, due largely to poor fastball command, but once he started to mix his pitches things turned around. The off-speed stuff looked good – almost like vintage Matusz – so there’s progress being made. As the game went on, Matusz’s velocity fell off (from 90-93 early to 88-91 later). He threw the curve over for strikes a couple times, and got 4 swings-and-misses with the slider (on 13 swings – 31% whiff rate) and 5 with the change (on 10 swings – 50% whiff rate). Even managed to throw 3 fastballs by Albert Pujols. In the first there were some hard hit balls, but after that balls were finding grass and the defense didn’t help. Final line; 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, (4 ER), 3 BB (1 IBB), 6 K. Matusz has now evened up his walks and strike-outs on the year (11-11).
- Nolan Reimold made one of those less-than-stellar defensive plays, whiffing on an attempted sliding catch. Made up for it at the plate though, going 3-5 with a three-run homer and a double.
- Nick Markakis singled twice and walked. Looked patient at the plate and served those pitches away to the opposite field, which is a bit more of what was going on the last few years (as opposed the driving the ball like he did to start the season).
- The defense was poor (three errors and some other misplays), and the offense didn’t do a heck of a lot. Have seen a lot of this in recent years.
The Orioles fall back into a tie for first in the East at 8-6 as they drop the first game of the series in Anaheim.