Matusz was the man - Winning pitcher Brian Matusz went seven innings for the third start in a row and had a strong outing for the third straight start.
The 22-year-old lefty gave up just four hits and one run over seven innings, throwing 106 pitches. It’s his first time going over 100 pitches in the big leagues.
The Yankees went just 4 for 24 at bat today (.167) vs. Matusz and just one runner reached second base after the first inning.
Over his last three starts, Matusz is 3-0, 2.57. Over 21 innings, he has allowed 14 hits, six earned runs with four walks and 15 strikeouts.
O’s rookies have been the winning pitchers in the first two games of this series. Matusz and Chris Tillman went a combined 2-0, 3.75 this weekend at New York.
Tough place to win - The O’s were 0-6 this year at New York before this weekend’s back-to-back wins. This is the O’s first two game win streak vs. New York since the first two games of this season that the Orioles won by scores of 10-5 and 7-5 at Camden Yards.
This is the O’s first series win at New York since July 28-30 of 2008. It’s the first road series win this year vs. an AL East opponent. The O’s had been 0-8-1 in AL East road series.
A win Sunday would provide the O’s with their first three-game sweep at New York since June of 1986.
B-Rob Slams one - Brian Roberts went 3 for 4 in the game with a single, double and his 5th career Grand Slam. It was his 15th homer of the year and second Grand Slam. Robert is 4 for 7 with 7 RBI in this series.
He picked up his Major League leading 51st double today and also tied his O’s single-season doubles record he set just last year.
Of Roberts 15 homers this year, he has hit 7 solo shots, 6 two-run homers and 2 Slams. He has hit 14 of the 15 homers off right-handed pitchers. He has hit 4 homers at home and 11 on the road.
The O’s have hit 5 Grand Slams this year:
*Melvin Mora, 4-11 vs. Tampa, 3rd career
*Nick Markakis, 4-17 at Boston, 2nd career
*Luke Scott, 5-29 vs. Detroit, 1st career
*Brian Roberts, 8-20 at Tampa, 4th career
*Brian Roberts, 9-12 at New York, 5th career
Nolan Reimold had two hits today, including a solo homer to start Baltimore’s scoring in the second inning. Over his last nine games, Reimold is 12 for 33 (.364) with three homers and 6 RBI.
Reimold’s 15 homers leads all AL rookies and he is second among rookies in the league with 45 RBI.
Ty Wigginton went 2 for 4 with two runs scored in the win. Over his last seven games, Wigginton is 10 for 27 (.370) at bat. Matt Wieters went 0 for 3, snapping his six-game hitting streak.
After scoring just five runs on 17 hits in two games on this road trip at Boston, the O’s have scored 17 runs with 26 hits in the first two games at New York.
Overcoming Road Woes - The O’s have won a road series vs. an AL East foe for just the third time in the last 21 series. This year the O’s are 6-22 in AL East road games.
The O’s are 2-2 on this road trip with one game to go and are now 24-46 on the road this season.
The O’s are now 5-3 this year with Brian Matusz as the starting pitcher.
The Yankees had won seven in a row at home until losing two straight to the Orioles. New York is now 49-22 this season at home, 39-24 vs. the AL East and 40-15 since the All-Star break.
New York began the day with a magic number of 14 to clinch the AL East championship.
In Sunday’s series finale at 1:05pm, it’s Jeremy Guthrie (10-13, 4.96) for the O’s and CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.40) for the Yankees.