In the sixth inning of the
Before Matusz faced Boston shortstop
"I turned to John in the dugout and said, 'If Brian gets this guy out, I think we've got a chance to win this game,' because it really set up for us well the rest of the way," Showalter said.
Matusz would strike out Drew to end the threat, starting him off 0-2 then striking him out looking on six pitches.
"Huge," Tillman said of Matusz. "Brian did a great job. He definitely picked me up tonight. He's pretty confident coming out of the bullpen, and I think he made some great pitches there. That was huge for me."
Matusz spent the spring competing for a starting rotation spot, but the Orioles felt it was best for the team to keep Matusz in the bullpen. And he's again proving his ability to be a lights-out late-inning reliever.
“I came in a little jacked up,” Matusz said “Tough situation, one out, guys on base. Obviously, Tilly pitched a great game, wanted to get out of that inning there. Fell behind in the count, and just kind of relaxed and trusted my stuff and trusted [Orioles catcher
Matusz has stranded all three inherited runners this season, and including last season, he's stranded 17 straight inherited runners.
Orioles center fielder