Tillman talks about his outing

Orioles starter Chris Tillman just talked to the media following this afternoon’s four inning outing against the Pirates. Here’s what he had to say:

[on how he felt]
“I felt OK. I felt like I was battling myself the whole time to keep the ball down. Going from this mound to that one is a big difference. Overall, I was pretty happy with what happened. I think it was really, really poor execution, with the pitcher in the lineup, that eight hole. Other than that, I felt pretty good.”
[on if he’s happy with his spring progression]
“Absolutely, especially with the way we’ve been working on things. We’ve been working on something new every time. I think this time was more of a rhythm thing for me. I felt good, but it felt different. The mounds are so drastically different out here. I was just fighting myself to get the ball down the whole time. Other than fighting myself, I felt pretty good.”
[concerned over pitch count at points?]
“There were a couple long at-bats there, but he had mentioned to me that a big reason for it was because we had a couple long innings where guys were out there for a long time, put up a couple runs in one inning and a couple longs that we had, so he said that was a big part of it. But definitely the pitch count was part of it too.”
[on whether he’s thinking about the fifth starter spot]

“I try not to. I try to force myself not to, because I know I have to go out there and just do my thing and try to get better in between starts – every day, really, and progress. Rick [Adair] and Mark [Connor]keep pounding in our heads it’s a progression here. If you don’t see results right away, they want to see them throughout the spring and throughout the year, and they’ve been drilling that into our heads since Day One. I’m looking more toward the long run than anything. But I am happy with my progress so far.”

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