Written by Michael Williams
Tonight Chris Tillman allowed two solo homer runs. In his first and last inning. The Orioles played smallball with timely hits to score four hard earned runs off C C Sabathia who pitched into the eighth inning. Buck Showalter tried to fight Joe Girardi.
O's 4-2 win.
Chris Tillman pitched into the eighth inning, mastering all of his pitches and topping out at 95mph with his fastball. Seven innings, nine strikeouts, no walks, 110 pitches. He earned his 16th win and effusive praise from Jim Palmer.
Tommy Hunter took over for Chris in the 8th. He struck out the side.
Jim Johnson was then brought on in the 9th. He succeeded, allowing a single. He then induced two double play balls that each recorded a single out. Gary Thorne made it sound like the game was tied by Curtis Granderson, but it was simply a loud out for the win. And Johnson's 43rd save.
A Nick Markakis ground rule double, a Manny Machado sacrifice bunt, and an Adam Jones sacrifice fly notched the Oriole's first run in the first inning J.J. Hardy doubled, Alexi Casilla singled and stole a base, and Nick Markakis singled to score two more in the fifth inning. Matt Wieters walked in the eighth and Manny Machado doubled him home.
Two potential double play balls in the ninth inning recorded single outs. It dd not matter.
The pitching was stout.
Buck Showalter heard Joe Girardi yelling at third base coach Bobby Dickerson after the first inning and the umpires had to restrain both managers from coming to blows for about five minutes. The Orioles responded well. Two sacrifices flies were recorded by the Orioles in the game. Chris Tillman pitched like the Ace that he is.
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