Brian Matusz looks good in that old-fashioned flannel uniform of the Negro League Baltimore Elite Giants, but he doesn't look that good on the mound yet. He just gave up three runs in a hurry, on one-out hits by Elvis Andrus and Marlon Byrd and a two-out, two-run home run by David Murphy.
The Fox regional broadcast crew gushed about Matusz at the start of the inning -- and also related a pre-game meeting between him and one of his boyhood idols, Fox analyst Mark Grace -- but the banter about his great changeup couldn't change the fact that three of the first five batters hit the ball hard against him to put the Orioles behind the eight-ball once again.
Instant update: The Orioles threatened to get back a couple of those runs right away when Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold opened the bottom of the first with base hits, putting runners at second and third with no one out. But I guess no one should be surprised that they managed to squeeze just one run out of the opportunity when No. 3 hitter Brian Roberts struck out and Nick Markakis followed with a short fly ball, that barely scored Pie. Sorry, but one run is not enough in that situation.