Showalter, Tillman comment on starter's bad outing
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was pretty succint in summing up Chris Tillman's outing tonight in the Orioles 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees.
"Not good, not good enough," Showalter said.
On this night, that may have even been an understatement. Tillman allowed six earned runs on nine hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. I was a little surprised to hear both him and catcher Matt Wieters say that Tillman had pretty good stuff and just made a few bad pitches in hitter counts.
I take what Wieters says with a grain of salt because I'm sure the catcher, who got TIllman one of his five outs by throwing out Brett Gardner trying to steal second in the first inning, doesn't want to further bury the confidence of the 22-year-old pitcher.
What I saw was a pitcher who fell behind too often, didn't have a put-away pitch when he got two strikes and was leaving too many pitches over the heart of the plate. Apparently, Showalter agreed.
"The big thing is three out of the first 17 hitters were all he got strike one on," Showalter said. "That’s tough to do with any team, especially with these hitters. I don’t care who you are. He’s obviously a guy that doesn’t have a lot of experience. You’re going to have some innings. You just can’t let them get away from you and keep the team in the game. It was 6-0 there, 3-0 you take. But he didn’t make a lot of good pitches and he paid for it."
Asked if Tillman will make his next scheduled start on Monday, Showalter was non-commital, saying, "There’s always options if you have to make an adjustment. We hope not. I’m not at that point now. We just go through a game. He pitched one good game statistically, so-so in the other one and struggled tonight."
Tillman was lamenting his poor two-strike pitches more than anything.
“The results are results. I think anybody would be disappointed in this, you know?,” said Tillman who has made 26 career big league starts. “I’m more disappointed that I made some good pitches and when it counted, I didn’t make those pitches. I missed middle almost every single one of those pitches whether it was up or down. It just goes to show, that’s not going to cut it here.”
Asked what kind of setback an outing like this was, Tillman said, "I’m going to run with the positives. That’s all you can do. I’m told I had good stuff tonight. Just go to take that into my side session and take it out on the next opponent we face."