Orioles manager Dave Trembley could have let Brian Matusz pitch to Alex Rodriguez with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Trembley could have ordered an intentional walk with first base open and let Matusz pitch to Robinson Cano.
Those are the choices that the Yankees’ lineup gives you. It’s like asking if you want to drink drain cleaner or gasoline.
Trembley went with “C,” which was bringing in David Hernandez to face Rodriguez.
Rodriguez appeared to be retired on one pitch, a deep bouncer to third baseman Miguel Tejada - except Tejada’s throw bounced past Ty Wigginton, who fell while trying to come up with the ball and had to chase it down the right field line.
Two runs scored, both unearned, and the Yankees lead, 3-1.
Tejada doesn’t always look smooth at third, but nobody questions his arm. That’s a strange error for him, and a very costly one.
Hernandez did his job, Tejada did not.
Right decision, perhaps, but the wrong result.
Matusz is charged with three runs (one earned) and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 108 pitches.
This could be termed a statement outing for Matusz. I can imagine what statements are going through his head right now.