Yesterday afternoon, we all witnessed Zach Britton throw a seven inning gem. He won the game for the O's, 2-0.
Well, this was not quite the case for struggling lefty Brian Matusz and Game 2.
Matusz, who is just 1-7 on the season, started late due to injuries. He never fully recovered, losing 2-5 mph off of his fastball. Also, his command looks nothing like it did at the end of last year.
In the second game of yesterdays day/night doubleheader, Matusz threw 97 pitches over 5.1 innings and gave up 6 earned runs. Those runs came from homers by Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, and Nick Swisher.
This loss puts Matusz at 1-7 on the year, with a whopping 9.07 ERA.
These stats are nothing compared to last years Brian Matusz who went 7-1 with a 2.64 ERA after Buck Showalter took over. Actually it seems to be just the opposite.
Matusz has shown some signs of recovery, having his fastball hit 91 again. Hopefully he gets back to his old form as a solid number two guy in this rotation.
Chris Jakubauskas, Mark Hendrickson, and Brad Bergesen all made relief appearances in yesterdays game. They allowed a total of two more runs to be scored.
The final score was 8-3, Yankees.