Orioles top pitching prospect Brian Matusz pitched a scoreless first inning in the pre-exhibition game between the Orioles and the Italian national team. He jumped ahead on the first batter with two quick fastball strikes and then gave up a single on an offspeed 0-2 pitch.
He did not strike anybody out, getting the first out by picking the runner off first base, then coaching a bounce out to third and getting Orioles minor leaguer Mike Costanzo to fly out to medium-deep left field.
Matusz looked comfortable and confident and showed good velocity. Troy Patton will take over in the second inning.