Reporting Bob Haynie
On Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles were defeated by the Los Angeles Angels 7-3. In the game, Brian Matusz and three others were rocked to the tune of 17 hits and four home runs. Actually, we should give Luis Ayala a pass. He gave up a hit and no runs in his only inning of work.
But Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Kevin Gregg had a hard time with an Angels team that came into Camden Yards having won five series in a row.
Matusz gave up 13 hits as he suffered his fourth-straight loss. You would have to think that Matusz could (should) be in danger of being bounced from the rotation. Hunter and Gregg both gave up bombs in Tuesday’s loss. With RP Matt Lindstrom expected to come off the DL on Wednesday, one of these guys could be on the way out. Not only did the pitching stink against LA, the offense continues to be ineffective. The Orioles were only 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Over their last 10 games, Baltimore is a woeful 5 for 52 with RISP.
I’m not exactly Earl Weaver, but that stinks. Combine bad pitching with a bad offense and what do you get? Your butts kicked. That’s what.
The All-Star break is right around the corner. Can the Birds keep it together until then? I really don’t know.