BOWIE – Baltimore Orioles starter Chris Tillman was supposed to pitch for Single-A Frederick last Saturday in the next step in his rehab process. Instead, he wound up returning to the Bowie Baysox for a second start.
Due to weather concerns last Saturday, the Orioles brought Tillman up to Harrisburg to join the Baysox. He started and went 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits while taking the loss in a 3-1 defeat at Harrisburg.
Tillman struck out three without a walk but gave up his second homer in two starts. He threw 58 pitches – Baltimore Manager Buck Showalter said on Saturday that they wanted to keep him at about 60 overall – and 37 of them were strikes.
Talking after Saturday’s Orioles game in Baltimore, Showalter said he was happy with Tillman’s effort and where things are going.
“Chris had a good, healthy outing,” he said. “We watched it up until the third inning.”
Tillman was sidelined throughout spring training due to shoulder bursitis and has been on the disabled list since the start of the season three weeks ago.
The Orioles have said they were hoping to have him back for a possible May 2 start, but he will make another start for Frederick this week. Then, they’ll go farther with his future plans.
So far, though, the right-hander certainly appears to be moving along nicely.
The Orioles have gotten plenty of good starts from their pitchers in the early days of the 2017 season – one of the pleasant surprises so far and a big reason why they have stayed at the top of the American League East. However, getting back Tillman, their No. 1 starter for the last few years, would be a big boost, especially with Kevin Gausman struggling.
A great start
To say that Austin Wynns has gotten off to a hot start might be the understatement of the season so far.
Wynns has hit safely in all 12 games through last Sunday’s loss to Harrisburg. He held a .442 average up to that point and recorded two homers and six RBI from his 19 hits. He belted a three-run homer in Tillman’s first start, last Monday against Richmond. That brought the Baysox from behind and helped lead them to a 3-2 victory that night.
Wynns has been consistent throughout the first part of this season and has six multi-hit games so far this year.
Wynns has played with Bowie before, but the catcher was a non-roster invite to the Orioles’ camp this spring. If he keeps hitting like this, more people higher up in the organization will notice.
Strike ‘em out
Three Baysox pitchers combined to strike out 15 Harrisburg batters in an 8-2 victory last Friday night.
Starter Tanner Scott fanned six in his three innings, while Jason Garcia, who got the win, came on and struck out six in four innings of work.
After that came Ryan Meisinger. He put away three in the two innings he pitched.