After yet another deflating loss to the Indians, thanks to the bat of Andy Marte, the Orioles thanks to their young talent, turned it on. In the end, Baltimore beat Cleveland, 5-3, as Brian Matusz had his best showing on the mound to date throwing seven innings, striking out eight, and giving up a run, while Felix Pie continues to show why Andy MacPhail was so tnrealled with him in the off-season as he hit a two-run homer.
Baltimore took a 4-0 lead in the third inning as Ty Wigginton scored on an error, and Pie hit an opposite field homer — a two run shot. A few moments later, Luke Scott added an RBI-single. They added another run in the sixth inning via a sacrifice fly by Brian Roberts.
Cleveland got their first run in the sixth as Grady Sizemore opened up the inning with a triple and then scored on a Jamey Carroll RBI single. They added another run in the eighth off Danys Baez as Shin-Soo Choo plated in a run with an RBI-infield single.
The Orioles got their 54th win of the season; however, the story of the day has to be the success of Brian Matusz — who really has only less than a year in professional baseball — has stepped it up and delivered at the highest level today and Felix Pie.
I’m thrilled to see Pie still on the roster and thriving. I don’t know if he was trying too hard, had something going on life, or was trying to fit in, but the work he’s put in with the coaching staff and working hard has paid off dividends. I know a lot of people wanted Pie off the team, but he didn;t complain, gripe, or throw a fit, and it says a lot about him as a person and it’s good to see that Baltimore exercised patience with the talented athlete.
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