• Apr

    Tillman crushed in NY; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    With a scheduled off-day Monday, and rain last night; Baltimore fans were looking forward to tonight's game in New York. Unfortunately for fans of the Orange & Black, it was apparent 4 batters into the bottom of the 1st that this might be a long night.

    Tillman was unable to complete 2nd inning, and by the time O's came-up to bat in the third they were down 6-0.

    The O's would score 4 runs in the 7th, but could not pull any closer losing the first game of this two game series 7-4.

    The Good:

    1) Wieters helped limited the damage in the first by throwing out Gardner. In the 2nd, he worked a two out walk. In the 5th, he turned on a ball ripping a double into the RF corner. Capping his night off, he hit a 2 run homer in the 7th. Really one of Wieters better games as a Major Leaguer.

    2) Give credit to the O's for attempting to get back into the game late with the 2 run homers from Wieters, and Roberts. The O's could have packed it, but instead almost made it interesting.

    3) Bergesen had a strong 2 innings, and will be in-line to start over the weekend.

    4) Reynolds contributed with two doubles.

    5) Down 6-0, Jones made a nice running catch to end the 2nd inning.

    6) Jakubauskas allowed just the Posada solo hr in his 3.1 ip, presenting an opportunity for the Orioles offense to get themselves back into the game.

    The Bad:

    1) Roberts, Markakis, and Lee did little to make Burnett work with their ab's in the 3rd.

    2) I did not track how many times it occurred, but it felt like many O's hitters were going after the first pitch tonight.

    3) The Posada HR off of Jakubauskas was an 82mph pitch with zero movement.

    4) I would have liked Bergesen to have gotten at-least another inning tonight.

    The Ugly:

    1) Tillman immediately took the O's out of the game by allowing 4 straight hits, including the 3 run homer to Rodriguez in the first. The Rodriguez homer was on a 91 mph fast-ball, which was irritating in the sense that was 'elevated' velocity from the young right-hander. Letting-up a hr to one of the the all-time greats is not 'ugly' but allowing the successive hits in-front of ARod was.

    1a) Approaching 60 pitches, Tillman was knocked out of the game, unable to complete the 2nd inning. The last two batters that Tillman faced were Rodriguez and Cano. Tillman effectively pitched around Rodriguez to put him on 1st and load the bases. Tillman quickly fell behind Cano 2-0, and then threw an 89 mph fastball up in the zone that the Yankee 2nd baseman hammered into LF, giving NY the 6-0 lead.

    1b) As Tillman left the mound, Palmer talked about how his mechanics were out of whack.

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