Brilliant Chen Not Enough; O’s Lose 2-1 in 11, After Matusz Surrenders Walk-Off Homer

Sports and Bets — August 15, 2014 at 11:21 pm by

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Well, you can’t win ’em all. This loss felt rough though, and leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Coming in to this game, the Orioles were red hot, winning 12 of their last 16 games. Make that 12 of 17, after tonight’s extra inning loss, when Mike Aviles took Brian Matusz yard for a solo shot, in walk-off fashion.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched a great seven innings of 4 hit, 1 run baseball, while striking out 6, and issuing only one walk. His earned run average on the season has come down to an extremely respectable 3.76 runs per game.

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The hot Orioles offense cooled off Friday night, and was only able to manufacture one run in 11 innings. This run came in the eighth inning off the bat of JJ Hardy, who returned from a left thumb sprain that kept him sidelined for about a week. His RBI base hit tied the game up 1-1, and eventually forced extra innings.  A low scoring game had to be expected though, seeing the O’s had a tough match-up against a phenomenal pitcher in Corey Kluber, who is now sporting a 2.41 ERA for the year.

 

Game Notes:

Adam Jones got hit in the finger while attempting to lay down a bunt, causing his finger to bleed. Jones stayed in the game, but was not awarded first base, as the umpires ruled he offered at the pitch. A ruling that was reviewed, and then argued extensively by manager Buck Showalter.

Chris Davis batted in the number two hole. Not sure I understand the logic behind this move. He went 0-5, with 4 strikeouts. Not good numbers, O’s fans.

Andrew Miller is easily one of the most reliable relievers in the bigs. He tossed an inning and a third, and did not allow a base runner. He’s been great for us since we traded for him just before the deadline in late July. Sign this man to a multi-year contract in the offseason. Quality late-inning relievers who can face both righties and lefties are rare, and usually do not cost a ball club that much.

Brian Matusz picked up the loss tonight, and deserves no one’s trust right now. Following last year’s impressive campaign against left-handed hitters, Matusz has certainly not been able to repeat that performance, and for now should not be inserted into a big situation, until he proves he’s capable of getting big outs.

Up Next For The O’s:

Saturday August 16, 7:05 pm

Jimenez (4-8) vs. Carrasco (4-4)

Let’s get back at it and even this series up boys.

One Comment

  1. I would appreciate …..you getting up to date on scores….it’s Sunday morning and your lazy ass dosent even have last nites BLOW OUT ( 6 zip) score ….
    Come on….WE rely on you…I had to espn the score!

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