Saturday, September 12, 2009

O's Win Again in the Bronx; Matusz Brilliant, Is This His Last Start of '09?

If this is Brian Matsuz's last start of 2009, he sure made it worthwhile to watch. He went into one of the most intimidating places in all of sports and just dominated as the Orioles won their second straight in the Bronx, defeating the Yankees, 7-3. Baltimore put a six-spot on the scoreboard in the second inning off a very shaky A.J. Burnett -- who has been struggling for a while with the Yankees and took the loss -- and that was all they needed.

Matusz -- the young lefty -- went into the Lion's Den and pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing only four hits, striking out three and walking two. The only run he gave up came in the first inning as Mark Teixiera hit a sacrifice fly to center allowing a run to score, but after that, Matusz was on and didn't yield anything else.

Nolan Reimold tied the game at one as hit he went deep by hitting a solo home run -- his 15th of the year -- in the second inning, but the fun was only starting. Burnett allowed a walk and back-to-back to singles, loading in the bases and then Robert Andino plated in a run with yet another single. With one out in the frame, and the bases still loaded, the next batter, Brian Roberts took Burnett deep for a grand slam home run to put Baltimore up 6-0.

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