Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Today's Game, the Injury Bug & Trembley

This afternoon, the record will show that the Orioles lost 4-3lost 4-3 in exhibition action against the Philadelphia PhilliesPhiladelphia Phillies; however, today’s game was important for one main reason: Justin Duchscherer.

The right-hander, who has not pitched much the last two years due to a hip injury, plus clinical depression faced a tough Philadelphia lineup and tossed two scoreless innings. Duchscherer was solidDuchscherer was solid, as he gave up one hit and ran into trouble in the second inning; however, he was able to get out of it.

The important thing: Duchscherer finished the game pain free.

Brian Matusz – in his first start since having a wart removed from his pitching finger – went 2 1/3 innings and struggled a bit. He would give up a homer to Ryan Howard, but overall, it’s good to see him on the mound and suffering no ill effects from his procedure.

The bullpen – Chris George, Mike Gonzalez, and Jim Johnson – did their job until the ninth inning where Adrian Rosario struggled and gave up a game-winning two-run to Carlos Rivera in the bottom of the ninth.

The Orioles got on the board early jumping on Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels – who went four innings. Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off a Jake Fox RBI-double, followed up by a Josh Bell sacrifice-fly.

Bell also had another RBI in the sixth inning off closer Brad Lidge.

In light of the Orioles’ loss, they have some more pressing issues at hand. As James alluded to in a late post yesterday, they have issues – on the injury front.

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