While MASN went to a commercial during the eighth-inning pitching change, I looked up Adrian Gonzalez’s career numbers against left-hander Will Ohman.
Then I cringed: 5-for-11, two doubles, one home run, three RBIs.
Interim manager Juan Samuel wanted the lefty-lefty matchup, ignoring the stats that went along with it - including how Gonzalez was hitting .315 against southpaws before tonight, and how he was 2-for-2 against Brian Matusz.
Ohman walked Gonzalez and came out of the game.
Jason Berken tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings after replacing Matusz. I would have stuck with him. But you already know how I feel about this whole baton thing.
Update: The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the ninth on Julio Lugo’s two-out single that scored Ty Wigginton. Left fielder Scott Hairston made a diving attempt, but the ball deflected off his glove. Props to Adam Jones for his sacrifice bunt that moved Wigginton to second.