It’s easy to blame Jim Johnson or Brian Matusz for the Baltimore Orioles loss in game three of the ALDS against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
Johnson gave up to game-tying home run to Raul Ibanez with an out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Brian Matusz followed suit in the 12th by serving up the game-winning homer to the 40 year old lefty.
JJ has been charged with a blown save and a loss in his first four postseason games.
I still can’t blame the bullpen though. The problem has been the Orioles lineup, who is hitting just .208 against the Yankees and has scored only seven runs in the first three games of this series.
Adam Jones said that he and Matt Wieters were “on vacation” during the first two games of the series and promised that they would return in New York. Combined, Jones and Wieters are 3-for-26 (.115 average), with 0 RBI and 3 strikeouts this series.