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.
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.
It’s hard to tell what to take away from Jake Arrieta’s start against the Pirates Wednesday night at Camden Yards. Did the schedule/injury gods have mercy on him, handing him the worst offense in the game to face in a surprise return to the rotation?
The birds had their leadoff man back after over a year on the disabled list.
Thursday, the Orioles proved they can also be quite miserable in every aspect of the game, as the Sox salvaged the series’ final game, 7-0.
Wei-Yin Chen out-dueled Red Sox Starter Josh Beckett
The Baltimore Orioles, who has lost seven of their last eight, travel to Fenway Park to take on the up and coming Red Sox. Bobby Valentine’s club has won six of their last nine, including taking three of four from the powerful Tigers.
The Orioles 6-game losing streak is history, primarily thanks to Brian Matusz. Matusz gave up just 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks in 7.1 innings, leading the Birds past Tampa 2-1 Saturday.
Facing an ace is no easy task, especially when trying to snap a 5-game losing streak. When a team knows after the first inning it will have to score at least 6 runs to win, the task can seem daunting.
The Orioles and Rays battle for A.L. East supremacy for the second time this season. After a hot start, Baltimore is looking more and more like the team everyone expected them to be, but Buck Showalter still has faith.