Rays catcher Jose Lobaton hit his first major league home run tonight, a three-run shot off Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom in the top of the fifth inning to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 10-1.
Kevin Gregg is warming in the bullpen. If I’m Orioles manager Buck Showalter, I’m warming up my car and getting the heck out of here.
According to Elias, Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is the first major league pitcher to allow leadoff home runs in his first two home starts since the Rockies’ Chin-Hui Tsao on July 25 and Aug. 6, 2003.
I’ll plead ignorant here. Who the heck is Chin-Hui Tsao?
Well, he went 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 50 games (eight starts) in parts of four seasons - three with the Rockies, his last with the Dodgers in 2007.
The Brewers’ Eric Young and the Phillies’ Marlon Byrd hit the leadoff home runs off him.
Tonight’s game illustrates that the Orioles aren’t misguided in searching for another starting pitcher, but let’s not ignore how they’ve scored only one run. It’s not like the bats suddenly caught fire.
Down on the farm, Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Brian Matusz is shutting out Lehigh Valley on two hits over six innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. He’s thrown 71 pitches, 48 for strikes.
Let’s not ignore him, either. The Orioles could use some good news tonight.
Update: Matusz allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, with no walks, five strikeouts and one home run. He threw 97 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Troy Patton is pitching the eighth inning for the Orioles, and he’ll probably work the ninth. So, who’s the long reliever tomorrow if Chris Tillman is knocked out early?
Never mind. Pedro Strop is pitching the ninth.