Showalter's post game comments, includes more on Fox
Buck Showalter’s post-game comments after the Orioles 13-3 win versus Pittsburgh:
Showalter was asked again about Jake Fox, who hit two more homers Thursday and now has a major-league leading seven this spring, including four in his past three games.
Showalter has said repeatedly that he knows Fox can hit, but he wants to see him play better behind the plate to secure a spot on the team.
“I want him to show me what he can do catching. We all know he is capable of doing some good things with the bat. He had a good game behind the plate, a better game behind the plate. That’s really what I was looking at today.”
When asked if it were possible for a guy with seven spring homers not to make the team, Showalter simply said: “Yes.”
Chris Tillman’s line was: 4 innings pitched, three hits, three walks, two strikeouts and one unearned run. Tillman threw 71 pitches, 43 for strikes. Afterward Tillman acknowledged he needed to throw more strikes. He also said he had trouble adjusting to the McKechnie Field mound after throwing off a bullpen mound that was much steeper than regulation.
This is what Showalter said about Tillman:
“It happens in most every ballpark in the big leagues, you have to make adjustments,” Showalter said. “I think his command needs to be better but he threw some good cutters. That was working for him today. It is something he hasn’t had to get him out of those (tough) situations. I thought he was OK. But he is capable of being better.”
Showalter joked that he is going to continue to hit catcher Matt Wieters fourth – Wieters went 4-for-5 Thursday after going 6-for-29 this spring.
The Orioles had indoor batting practice Thursday and ended up collecting 20 hits and 13 runs, prompting Showalter to joke that hitting coach Jim Presley “said we’ll be hitting in the cages again tomorrow.”
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