It really is a shame that with only a month and a half left in Michael Gonzalez's career with the club, the Orioles are finally starting to see the pitcher that they presented with a two-year, $12 million deal, and the closer's role. Gonzalez was nasty last night, retiring the potential tying run Hideki Matsui on one pitch to end the seventh, and then striking out the side on 12 pitches to turn in a scoreless eighth. Gonzalez, who threw 11 of his 13 pitches for strikes, completely overmatched Josh Willingham, David DeJesus and Brandon Allen with power stuff, prompting second baseman Robert Andino to say, "That's how I remember [Gonzalez] from when he was with the Braves." There's probably nothing Gonzalez can do to salvage his Orioles' career over the next month a half. However, he hasn't given up a run in nine straight outings and in 14 of 15. Lefties are also hitting just .220 against him. I've heard nothing to support this, but it wouldn't totally shock me if the Orioles moved him to a contender looking for a second lefty in their bullpen. They obviously wouldn't get much in return, except maybe a month of salary relief.