Matusz knocked around in return to Triple-A
Left-hander Brian Matusz’s struggles continued in his first start for Triple-A Norfolk since his June 30 demotion from the Orioles, Matusz allowed four earned runs on seven hits, including two homers, and two walks while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings in the Tides’ game tonight at Charlotte.
Matusz surrendered four extra-base hits, including homers by Jim Gallagher and Lastings Milledge, before he was relieved by Mark Hendrickson. He threw 51 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
The 24-year-old was 1-4 with an 8.77 ERA in six starts for the Orioles before being optioned to Triple-A. In 25 2/3 innings, he allowed 25 runs on 40 hits, including nine home runs, and 11 walks. Opposing hitters batted .357 against him.