Written by Michael Williams
Desmond Jennings - LF
B.J. Upton - CF
Ben Zobrist - 2B
Matt Joyce - DH
Ryan Roberts - 3B
Carlos Pena - 1B
Sam Fuld - RF
Jose Molina - C
Elliot Johnson - SS
James Shields - RHP (8-6, 4.39 ERA)
Nick Markakis - RF
J.J. Hardy - SS
Jim Thome - DH
Adam Jones - CF
Matt Wieters - C
Chris Davis - LF
Wilson Betemit - 3B
Mark Reynolds - 1B
Omar Quintanilla - 2B
Chris Tillman - RHP (2-1, 1.15 ERA)
Chris Tillman, Chris Davis, Nick Markakis, the good bullpen and so much more.
Chris Tillman beats Big Game Shields at Camden Yards in 100 degree weather.
A five run Fifth inning dooms the Rays.
Chris Davis 2-4 with a double and a home run. Nick Markakis with two hits. Tillman powers through mis-cues his fielders (Betemit - Ole Double and the "Out into a Double" by Chris Davis) and walks of his own to pitch six iniings giving up two runs on two hits. O'Day, Strop, and an exciting Jim Johnson ninth.
Some Tillman quotes from MASN.
"I think confidence has a lot to play into it, It comes down to getting my delivery right. And I put a lot of hard work in during the offseason and coming in, so I'm happy with where I'm at right now."
"I'm able to make the adjustments early now, I'm able to recognize what I need to do. Like I said, it was a battle early on for both guys and I wish I had been better there, limit my pitch count a little bit and make better pitches, but that wasn't the case. But I was able to settle in and let the defense work. They did a great job. Reynolds made that play at first base. That was a key point in the game for me."
"It's huge, Being able to go out and put up a zero after that inning was key for me. I knew our hitters were fine. They've been swinging the bat well. A little bit of bad luck. A lot of hard-hit balls right at guys. Sooner or later they're going to fall."
And some quotes from Buck.
"Tilly's a tough guy. He competes. There's a lot of things to like about him. And I think hopefully he's starting to grasp that. He's still one of the younger pitchers in the American League.
"Wieters was great with him today. He had some great 2-0 changeups that really stopped the swing mode and gave them some thoughts of other pitches being there. The curveball really wasn't there for him consistently, but Matt went right to the changeup to get them off the fastball. He actually threw a lot more sliders than he usually does today. It has to happen sometimes. You're not going to walk out there carrying all your bullets, especially on a day like today."
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