Showalter Gets 1,000th, Matusz Wins And Reimold Hurting
Buck Showalter's 1,000th win came in perhaps the most fitting way possible -- against the Yankees, the same organization with which he began his managerial career. The Orioles manager saw his team rout New York, 7-1, thanks in large part to a strong pitching performance from Brian Matusz.
Matusz, who had lost 12 straight decisions, went 6.1 innings, giving up six hits. It was his second straight quality start. He was aided by first baseman Chris Davis, who is quickly growing into his power-hitting role. Davis smashed a second-inning home run. J.J. Hardy, who is batting just .185, hit his fourth home run, this one scoring two runs, to give the O's a 3-1 lead during the third.
Nick Johnson, also a former Yankee, got his first hit, an RBI double, during the eighth inning, as well.
While the win for the Orioles was the first in five games against the Yankees this season, it was not all positive.
Nolan Reimold, one of the club's true breakouts in 2012, has a bulging disk in his back, which has been spreading numbness throughout his body. Reimold has hit five home runs and driven in 10 runs, despite missing a few games with injuries. Given the chance to play in left and contribute daily, Reimold has been outstanding when on the field.
The Orioles might have won last night, but they're going to need Reimold fully healthy the rest of the season to maintain a winning record.
Posted May 2, 2012