Matusz gives up 8 runs in 3 1/3 innings
Brian Matusz’s awful season continued with what was the statistically the worst start of his season -- runs-wise anyway.
Matusz lasted just 3 1/3 innings, chased after Jon Jay hit a three-run homer on Matusz’s 71st pitch.
He allowed eight runs on nine hits and a walk.
He gave up two homers – also a 422-foot bomb to Lance Berkman in the third – and has served up nine in his past four starts totaling 14 2/3 innings.
It was his second shortest outing this year; he lasted just 1 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay, allowing four runs in that game.
Matusz hit 90 mph with his fastball at least once on the stadium radar gun, but consistently was in the 86 to 88 range. The homers each came on 88-mph fastballs in the middle of the plate.
But he also had trouble locating his off-speed stuff. He threw 70 pitches, 46 for strikes.
Alfredo Simon entered in the fourth.