A few post-game notes
*Nick Markakis went 0-for-3 in his first game in right field this spring. He was a little tentative initially in chasing Hunter Pence’s single in the first inning, but he made a few strong throws, including a nice relay in that resulted in a 9-4-5 putout.
Markakis has been slowed this spring from offseason abdominal surgery, and he will take off Wednesday and probably serve at designated hitter again Thursday before playing the field Friday against the Red Sox. I’ll have quotes from him up later on Orioles.com.
*Brian Matusz wasn’t particularly impressive, but he did limit the damage and held the Phillies to just one run over five innings. The 25-year-old Matusz has made a pretty strong case this spring to be in the Orioles’ Opening Day rotation and he told reporters afterward that that decision is out of his control.
“All I can do is go out there every fifth day and work hard and battle and keep throwing zeros on the board,” he said. “And everything else will fall into place.”
You can read the game recap here.