Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Tillman rights the world
Chris Tillman ran his record to 14-2 as the Baltimore Orioles salvaged a game in New York with a 4-1 victory.
The Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Tillman ran his record to 14-2 yesterday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, as the the Birds were able to salvage a game in New York. Tillman of course is having one heck of a bounceback season if you will. In fact, it’s a travesty that he isn’t spoken of as a possible Cy Young candidate. Tillman’s line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K.
The Orioles were closer to full strength yesterday, with the likes of Machado and Davis returning to the lineup (and Showalter returning to the bench). Now you just have to hope that the terrible stomach bug (which Showalter said he wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy) doesn’t claim anyone else in the clubhouse. The O’s were without Jones and Rickard yesterday due to various injuries; both are listed as day-to-day.
The O’s took an early lead in the first inning J.J. Hardy‘s two-RBI single ran the score to 2-0. Sometimes when you’re in a team funk you need a slight amount of luck to get things going. Hardy’s sharp ground ball ticked off of Gregorius’ glove at shortstop, and allowed two runs to score. It was ruled an infield hit, but that offered an opening to an Oriole team that was struggling coming into the game.
One inning later New York attempted to get into the game, as Castro knotted a run on an RBI-single. However Tillman shut the Bronx Bombers down for the rest of the game after that. Not only was he a stopper yesterday, but it’s becoming clear more and more that Tillman is a true ace. You don’t run your season record to 14-2 by sheer luck. Tillman’s putting on one of the more dominant performances we’ve seen from an Oriole pitcher over the course of a season in some time.
The Orioles’ 2-1 lead held up until the seventh, when Jonathan Schoop‘s two-RBI single opened the lead up to 4-1. For once this week, it appeared that it was the Orioles’ day. Tillman exited after seven incredibly strong innings, and the Orioles’ pen had an opportunity to act as it normally would. Brach pitched a strong eighth, and Britton a similarly strong ninth. And the O’s cruised to a 4-1 victory – salvaging one game in the Bronx.
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The bats far from “broke out” in this game, however they were able to get some timely hitting in various spots. We all know what this team is capable of offensively. Therefore it’s all but not worth even wondering when they’ll break out again, because we know that they will.
No team that’s ever done anything special hasn’t gone through tough stretches of the season. So Orioles fans shouldn’t worry about this past week. I heard a lot of people saying that they’ve been “exposed” and so forth. You have to fall back on the overall body of work and look at the big picture. If out of approximately 90 games six or seven were really bad, are we to believe that the other 83 or so were the true abberation?
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The O’s return home this weekend for their first homestand of the second half, beginning with a visit from Cleveland. Dylan Bundy will make his second career start, and he’ll be opposed by Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.