It is getting harder and harder to watch the O’s this season. After tonight’s 7-5 loss to the Marlins I give up on any hope I had left that we’d turn this around. Even when we score a few runs now our pitchers immediately give it right back up. It happened to Guthrie and now it happened to Matusz. We just can’t seem to get everything clicking on all cylinders.
The Orioles gave Matusz a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but he managed to give right back. It’s hard to explain how disheartening it is when you finally believe this may be your game and 5 minutes later it’s tied again. Matusz had a lot of trouble keeping the ball down in the zone tonight, which was probably do to lack of concentration. It seemed as if he kept the ball up in zone all night and it really hurt him. The amount of long balls Matusz has been giving up recently is also becoming a concern. We know he is a pop-up pitcher, however, he needs to keep the ball in the park.
We had a fairly successful 2nd inning offensively against Marlins pitcher Nolasco. For the second time this season the Orioles managed to get back-to-back home runs. This time off the bats of Luke Scott and Adam Jones. Later in the inning Patterson was able to knock in Wieters and Izturis with a 2RBI single. After that point the O’s had a lot of difficulty brining guys in that were in scoring position. Two nights in a row where the O’s offensive started out hot and then faded into the background.
The O’s do lead the league in bloopers this season. Tonight’s blooper was off the leg of Jones where he allowed the ball to roll out into center field. I have to say, it never fails. Hernandez did well in relief tonight with 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, and no walked batters in 1.2 innings of work. I can’t say the same thing about Simon though as he gave up 4 hits and 1 run in the 9th. Tack on runs this season has been a double whammy. Our offense can’t seem to generate them and our pitchers can’t seem to avoid them. Almost every game seems to be a bad joke.