Brian Matusz has left each of his four starts this season with the lead.

Twice he's won the game – both of the Orioles' victories this season.


Twice he's been pulled by manager Dave Trembley and the bullpen has quickly blown his lead.

That's what happened last night at Fenway Park. Matusz was pitching fairly well through six innings and the Orioles were up 3-1. But he walked the leadoff hitter, Bill Hall, after starting him 0-2. Then he gave up a single to lefty Jeremy Hermida.

Trembley came to the mound, pulled Matusz (after 102 pitches) and Matt Albers promptly allowed a three-run homer to Marco Scutaro to give the Red Sox their first lead. Kam Mickolio later in the inning gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Youkilis that proved to be the back-breaker.

Here's what Trembley said about the decision:

"(Matusz) got himself and the team in a position to win the ballgame, He's got the leadoff guy at no balls and two strikes and then goes four straight (balls). He's got left against left and gives up a hit. You are certainly not going to let him lose it right there. He's up in pitches he has gone deep in the game once again. You've got to turn it over to your bullpen and get outs. We didn't get them."

Matusz said what was expected after the game. That he wanted to stay in – he always wants to stay in, which is another great thing about the kid – but he understood what Trembley was doing. Matusz, in fact, was kicking himself some after the game for walking Hall, who was hitting .188.

"It's lingering right now a little bit, but tomorrow it is over with. You just live and learn from those mistakes. It was nice of me to get ahead 0-2 but you've got to bear down and make a good pitch and not be so nit-picky with it. Yeah, it hurts right now a little bit. I wish I could do it all over."

I'm sure there are a lot of people that wish Trembley would do it all over, too.

The problem with the decision – any decision to pull Matusz – is that there aren't a lot of relievers in that bullpen right now that are consistent. That's not Trembley's fault.

But, as manager, it is his problem.