Orioles fans can only hope Brian Matusz catches this many breaks when he’s actually pitching well. The young left hander gave up a career-high 13 hits in 5-plus innings to the Angels Tuesday night at Camden yards.
For the Orioles Sunday at Camden Yards, it was more of the same: eight runners left on, 0-6 with runners in scoring position, many opportunities squandered, and a starting pitcher who, even after giving up just 1 run, had to pin his hopes on a no-decision.
The Orioles host the red-hot Los Angeles Angels in their next series, who have won 11 of their last 15 games. Can the Orioles keep ground with the Yankees two weeks before the All Star break?
The Orioles continued their woeful week with a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at home Saturday.
The consecutive scoreless streak reached 28 innings when the Orioles finally broke through in the eighth, on a 2-run homer off of Wilson Betemit’s bat.
After falling to R.A. Dickey and the Mets 5-0 Monday, Johan Santana (W, 5-3) handcuffed the birds, who fell to the Mets again by the same score.
One day after watching teammate Jason Hammel 1-hit the Braves, Wei-Yin Chen (W, 7-2) took the mound for the Orioles, and took his turn stifling the Atlanta lineup.
There were several things Jason Hammel had never done entering his start in Atlanta Saturday night. In five career starts, he’d never beaten the Braves.
Through 5 innings Friday in Atlanta, Orioles starter Brian Matusz had given up 5 hits (including 3 for extra bases) and 3 walks, but just 1 run. 5 strikeouts and a perfectly timed double play helped Matusz escape one jam after another. Then came the 6th.