Matusz was staked an 8-0 lead in the first inning, but allowed two runs in the first on an
"Just went out there, never found a rhythm and didn't pitch well," said Matusz, who now has a 4.26 ERA in six spring games (four starts). "I was able to get my work in, throw pitches and be able to use all four pitches, but I was just leaving the ball up in the zone and they were hitting it."
It was an overall rough outing by Matusz, who also made a fielding lapse in the third on Walker’s single to the right side of the infield. First baseman
Although it’s becoming more apparent
"It's disappointing having an outing like this regardless of the situation," Matusz said. "Every time the offense goes out there and puts up eight you want to go out there and shut it down and pitch well. For me I'd like to go out and pitch well every single time. You never want to have an outing like this."
Matusz, who threw his fastball in the 88 to 91 mph range Sunday, wouldn't use the long first half inning as a reason for his struggles.