Like many of you, I wondered why Craig Tatum batted in the eighth inning last night with the bases loaded and the game tied. Tatum drew a walk off Darren Oliver to force in the go-ahead run, but I still found it curious that Matt Wieters didn’t pinch-hit for him.
Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters after the game that Wieters couldn’t play because of some unspecified tightness.
Now it makes sense.
I’m sitting in my parents’ living room in Ocean Pines, which seems appropriate with Brian Matusz pitching tonight. We gathered in the three-season room last summer to watch Matusz’s major league debut, and I sat at their kitchen table on April 18, before driving home, and guaranteed that he would beat the Oakland Athletics.
Take it as a good sign that I’m back in the Pines.
Hopefully, Matusz is okay with being back in Arlington. He lasted only 2 1/3 innings in a May 20 start, the shortest outing of his career, and allowed seven runs - including two homers - and eight hits. His ERA rose from 4.18 to 5.26.
I was sitting in my hotel room in Sarasota that night, so it shouldn’t really count.
Matusz is 1-1 with a 10.61 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers, allowing 11 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings.
Matusz snapped his career-high nine-game losing streak on July 4 by blanking the Red Sox on two hits over seven innings. The Orioles dropped 12 of the 13 games that Matusz started between wins.
More Matusz: He’s posted a 2.90 ERA against the AL East, a 5.06 ERA against the Central and an 8.55 ERA against the West.
Shifting topics, Will Ohman has tied Mike Flanagan for the most appearances without a decision (42) to open a season in team history.
In 1992, Flanagan registered an 8.05 ERA in 34 2/3 innings over 42 appearances. Ohman has a 2.84 ERA in 25 1/3 innings.
The Orioles have agreed to terms with 29 of their 49 draft picks: Trent Mummey (4), Riley Hornback (12), Jeremy Nowak (13), Michael Mosby (14), Joseph Oliveira (15), David Richardson (17), Sebastian Vader (18), Matthew Drummond (20), Scott Copeland (21), Tanner Murphy (22), Christopher Clinton (23), Timothy Adleman (24), Vincent Zazueta (25), Austin Goolsby (26), Cameron Roth (29), Michael Rooney (30), Adam Gaylord (31), Steven Mazur (33), Samuel Starr (34), Joseph Donaldson (35), Brad Decater (36), Austin Knight (37), Jeremy Shelby (38), Travis Strong (39), Joseph Velleggia (40), Jacob Petit (42), Blair Dunlap (43), Preston Hale (44) and Cody Young (47).