CLEARWATER, Fla. – Left-hander Brian Matusz’s second start of the spring went better than his first – a good sign for Orioles fans this spring.
Matusz threw a four scoreless innings against the Phillies, allowing just three hits and striking out four with no walks.
Different radar guns behind home plate clocked Matusz’s fastball consistently at 90-91 mph, but he reportedly reached 94 in the final two innings.
"It felt good to be able to go out there and go four innings and keep the pitch count down,” Matusz said. “[I was] just working quick and efficiently."
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said Matusz is showing he’s “a different guy from last year.”
“I think he realizes that last year he had a tough year but now he’s back to being the Brian we know he is,” Wieters said. “It was nice to see probably some of his hardest pitches were that last inning. He was trying to finish that last inning. So it’s good to see this early in camp.
“[He’s] throwing all his pitches for strikes, and two-strike putaways. He was able to have command in Monday’s outing, but he wasn’t able to throw the two-strike pitches where he wanted to. He was able to throw both, get ahead off-speed as well as put away off-speed.”
Facing a Phillies lineup that included at least five starters, Matusz said he felt confident throwing all his pitches.
"That's a tough lineup – especially at home in Clearwater,” Matusz said. “It felt nice to be able to go out there against a top-notch lineup and be able to attack the zone like that."