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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Matusz's Struggles Continue

It would have been nice to go 4-0 and keep the Yankees winless, but it didn't happen. Brian Matusz lasted just four innings and took the loss after New York beat the O's 6-2 on Monday night.

It wasn't all bad...Matusz's fastball was consistently in the low-90s, an encouraging sign, and he needed just 11 pitches to get through the second inning. But he allowed a run in the first and three more in the fourth before exiting after 96 pitches. His final line: four innings, four earned runs, six hits, four walks, one strikeout. Two of the walks came around to score in the fourth inning.

Overall, the O's walked seven batters while New York walked none. That is one of the easiest ways to explain why the Yankees won despite being out-hit 13-11 by Baltimore. The O's had a rough time with men in scoring position as well, going just 2-for-15.

Matt Wieters had a great game, going 4-for-4 with a solo homer and a double; he also threw out a runner trying to steal third. Robert Andino had two doubles, and Chris Davis slapped an RBI double in the seventh. Six of the O's 13 hits went for extra-bases, but the Birds weren't able to get any clutch hits...

I knew the O's had to lose eventually, but it would have been nice to beat the Yankees...there's still two games left to do just that. Wei-Yin Chen makes his Orioles debut Tuesday night...

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