Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Brian Matusz snaps losing skid; Orioles win against Yankees and Showalter reaches 1,000 wins as manager

Oriole pitcher Brian Matusz has had a rough time of things over the past year; however, all the hard work he has put into getting back to being an effective major league hurler again came to fruition yesterday. He earned his first win in an extraordinarily long time and snapped a 12-game losing streak.

The Orioles defeated the Yankees for the first time this year, 7-1, up in the Bronx. Matusz pitched 6 1/3 innings and only gave up a run – courtesy via a Curtis Granderson homer in the opening frame for New York.

The offense came through for Baltimore as they got some well-needed timely hitting. J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis each homered; meanwhile, Wilson Betemit and Nick Johnson – who got his first hit after a wretched drought – each drove in a run.

They were aided by a whopping Eduardo Nunez error in the sixth inning, in which three runs crossed the plate.
New York's pitching has been shaky, and starting pitcher Phil Hughses - who has had his ups and downs over the years - faltered. He was off and Baltimore jumped all over him.
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