It is not Mike Gonzalez’s fault this time.
Amazing. Unbelievable, Incredible. Are these guys just cursed?
The O’s took a 3-0 lead behind a dominant Brian Matusz to the 8th tonight only to give up five runs and fall behind 5-3. This unraveled quickly and a small but boisterous crowd at the Yard dropped the boos on the home team’s bullpen.
With one out in the 8th, the next two batters reached vs. Matusz on a ground single and bloop. Two hard-hit singles followed as Matusz tried to get out of his own jam. The Rays could not even get a runner to second base in the first seven innings.
Jim Johnson came on with the bases loaded and one out and got Ben Zobrist to pop up before Evan Longoria’s game-tying, two-run single. Will Ohman came on and an infield RBI single and RBI double followed.
The first four runs were charged to Matusz, who could actually lose this game.
This is the 8th game in a row where the Orioles have been scored on in the 8th inning or later.
Matusz’s line: 7 1/3IP, 6H, 4R-ER, 1BB, 8K.......99 pitches, 66 strikes.
Tonight, the O’s didn’t blow a one-run lead, they blew a three-run lead.
Update: Well, Luke Scott got Matusz off the hook for a possible loss with a two-run homer in the 8th to tie the game, 5-5. Now Tampa has blown a two-run lead. He hit his second of the year right down the right-field line vs. lefty Randy Choate.