Orioles lose to the Angels 7-3 6/26
Written by Michael Williams and Wally Booth
Mike Trout - LF
Torii Hunter - RF
Albert Pujols - 1B
Mark Trumbo - DH
Howard Kendrick - 2B
Erick Aybar - SS
Maicer Izturis - 3B
Peter Bourjos - CF
John Hester - C
C.J. Wilson - LHP (8-4, 2.44 ERA)
Brian Roberts - 2B
J.J. Hardy - SS
Adam Jones - CF
Matt Wieters - C
Mark Reynolds - DH
Wilson Betemit - 1B
Steve Pearce - RF
Steve Tolleson - LF
Robert Andino - 3B
Brian Matusz - LHP (5-8, 5.00 ERA)
On a beautiful night in Baltimore, Brian Matusz gave up a career high number of hits (14) and allowed five runs. He walked no one.
Tommy Hunter gave up a two run homer. Kevin Gregg allowed a solo shot.
Both Steve Pearce and Wilson Betemit homered for the Orioles to account for all their runs.
It appeared that the Orioles left fifty or sixty runners in scoring position. I am sure that was not possible.
The O's dropped one tonight to the Angels 7-3 I am going to do things a little different than normal. Instead of going through the game recap as I am sure most of you are aware of what happened anyway. I just want to give some thoughts. Obviously Brian Matusz was not good. He looked like a minor league pitcher in a major league game. He allowed 13 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings. He really needs to be demoted. He is inconsistent, he has no command of his pitches and I do not feels the team feels any type of confidence when he is on the mound. They seriously need to think about his near future.I would like to see Brian sent down and bring Tillman up to see what he can do. Can he be any worse?? Now, on the other hand, the offense has just been terrible. They scored 5 runs in 4 games against the Nationals and lucked out to win 2 of 3. The Orioles starters are under so much pressure to be perfect right now. If they give up more than 1 run they will lose. The O's offense is just not producing right now. They are 2 for their last 41 with runners in scoring position. They truly need Markakis back in the line up. He was not tearing the cover off the ball but it will help Jones and Wieters in the middle of that line up. I think Hardy needs to drop to the 6 spot and maybe put Markakis in the 2 hole upon his return. They need to do something to jump start this offense. The Yankees are starting to open up a gap as they will now lead the O's by 4 games as they just continue towin. I am trying to stay as optimistic as possible as I truly feel this team will hit. There is just no consistency to the line up day to day due to injuries. We will see what happens but if this offense does not turn around they will be a .500 team by the all star break. Let's see if Hammel can come out tomorrow and get the O's a split in this 2 game series (Wally Booth)
Angels 7 Orioles 3 Final
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