Brian Matusz won his first game of the season, and skipper Buck Showalter the 1,000th of his career, as the Birds cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Yankees in New York on Tuesday night.
Matusz gave up a solo homer to the second batter he faced before settling down, lasting 6 1/3 innings and allowing just the one run on six hits and a walk while striking out four in a 97-pitch outing. Matusz looks better each time he takes the mound, and I'm almost convinced after this start that he has returned to his 2010 form.
He had some help...Chris Davis went deep in the second to tie the game, and J.J. Hardy's two-run shot in the third gave the Birds a 3-1 lead. The O's tacked on three more runs in the sixth and another in the eighth ( off Nick Johnson's first hit of the year, an RBI double) to take a commanding lead.
I was filling in at the station, and was happy to be a (very small) part of history after Buck notched his 1,000th career win right across the street from where he picked up win number one. Showalter tried to downplay the accomplishment, but is only the 58th man in the history of baseball to accomplish the feat.
The Orioles (15-9) are in second place in the East and can pick up another game over New York with a win on Wednesday night. Jake Arrieta looks to give the O's the series win...