By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
9:15 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Brian Matusz had some terrible outings last year, but he actually set a futility record on Tuesday.
Against the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles lefty allowed five runs on 13 hits in five-plus innings.
The 13 hits are the most he has ever allowed in a start – and that includes the ones he made in 2011 when he posted the highest ERA (10.69) in the history of baseball for someone who has made at least 10 starts in a season.
Matusz’s line: 5+ innings, 13 hits, five earned runs, 1 strikeout, two homers. 82 pitches, 59 strikes.
This year, he has a 5.24 ERA and is now on line for his fourth straight loss. In those four losses, he has failed to get through six innings or give up fewer than three runs.
In those four outings – since his two-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays win which he gave up one run and lasted 7 1/3 innings on June 2 – Matusz has a 8.31 ERA and has yielded 33 hits, 10 walks in 17 1/3 innings.
He served up Albert Pujols’ first homer ever at Camden Yards.
Matusz also gave up a two-run homer to Peter Bourjos in the sixth Tuesday – that’s now 22 runs in sixth innings this year for Matusz. According to Elias, no pitcher has given up more than 18 in one inning this year.
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