Chris Tillman is done after 5 2/3 innings and he didn’t do much to help his rotation case against the Red Sox this afternoon.
Tillman got through the first two innings unscathed but never could establish a rhythm, with catcher Matt Wieters making two mound visits in the first three frames and J.D. Drew taking advantage of a 1-0 pitch for a two-run homer.
Drew’s third-inning blast was followed by a four-pitch walk, Tillman’s third in as many innings. The Red Sox tacked on another run courtesy of No. 9 batter Drew Sutton, who tripled down the first base line to score Paul Hoover, who singled.
Tillman exited after walking Hoover, his fourth free pass of the day, and his final line was three runs on six hits and four walks plus a hit batter. In 18 1/3 official spring innings Tillman has allowed 11 runs (eight earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks,plus two hit batters. He has struck out nine. His spring ERA is 3.93.