Tillman optioned

The Orioles picked up a series win with Wednesday’s 4-2 win in Seattle, but the afternoon belonged to starter Chris Tillman, who ensured the Orioles’ ninth road series win with a dominant 8 1/3-inning outing in which he allowed two hits and didn’t give up an earned run.

The 125-pitch outing shattered his previous career high of 112. Erasing any quibbles over high-pitch counts at Triple-A, Tillman needed just 76 offerings to get through the first six frames and put on a show for the holiday crowd of 21,982, hitting 97 mph on his 120th pitch.

“I’ve been in the comfort zone for about a month-and-a-half now,” said Tillman, who was optioned after the game to Double-A Bowie where he will make a start Monday before pitching the team’s third game after the All-Star Break.

The team was going to option Tillman after his start no matter what and this move keeps him on schedule rather than getting a long layoff with the break. Tillman will stay the minimum of 10 days in the Minors and come back to throw for the finale against Detroit on July 15. The team’s rotation heading into the break will be Jake Arrieta on Thursday, Dana Eveland or Miguel Gonzalez for Friday, Jason Hammel on Saturday and Wei-Yin Chen on Sunday.


Oh no – please not Eveland. Please start Gonzalez even if he can only pitch 5 or 6 innings. I wish Britton was ready because Arrieta needs to join Matusz in Norfolk where hopefully both of them will learn how to pitch again. I know I will get a lot of “boos and hisses” about this one but again I do not understand why Lew Ford is still at Norfolk. I have been a Jim Thome fan for a long time but I kind of think that his boat has sailed. Ford could be with the team and would not have cost the Orioles any prospects. Would have been a better deal all around. Having Thome is like having Guerrero last year except Guerrero got hits every now and then.

I think that everyone can see that the lack of good starting pitching is mostly derailing the O’s. After Hammel and Chen (who have been a little shaky lately), the others are poo-poo with ERAs of 5.47 or higher. The game is over before the bullpen comes in to play. And the hitting is discouraged by being out of the game and just plain down, too. If the starters could keep them in the game, then there can be the 4-2 games like yesterday (Wednesday).

No not eveland in Friday. And we still have Mike gonzalez?

Oops. Miguel. fixed. thanks.

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