Thursday, July 30, 2009
Chris Tillman's debut wasn't as impressive as Brad Bergesen's, but Tillman gave O's fans enough reason for hope during his 4.2 IP debut. He allowed 7 hits, 3 of them were homeruns, struck out 2 and walked 1.
He didn't get the win, as he left the game trailing 3-2, but he got his debut out of the way and didn't embarrass himself. His delivery is fluid and easily repeatable, his fastball sits in the mid 90's and it has good movement.
Chris got the ball up in the strike zone more than he should have, and it resulted in a moonshot from Mike Jacobs, but nerves are to be expected. And it's important to remember that Tillman is still a work in progress. Plus he's only 21.
And for 4.2 innings, it was nice to see another piece of the future in Baltimore today. And the Orioles eventually came back to win the game 7-3.