Tillman turned another dominating performance in Friday’s series opener against Toronto, holding the Blue Jays to two unearned runs on three hits over eight innings. But Tillman came away a tough-luck loser in a 2-0 defeat because of rare fielding miscues behind him.
Baltimore committed the fewest errors (54) ever recorded in a 162-game season last year. And it entered Friday with just one error this season.
That total increased on Friday and it cost Baltimore the game. The Blue Jays took advantage of a mistake-filled fourth inning in which the Orioles botched a pair of possible inning-ending double play balls and third baseman Jonathan Schoop committed two throwing errors.
“Through the years, when you look out on that column that says error, if you’re . . . on the bad side of it, you usually don’t like your chances,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said.
Ironically, that might have been Tillman’s best inning. He struck out one batter and induced four groundballs.
Tillman (1-1) ended his outing retiring 14 of the final 15 hitters he faced following Schoop’s second error.
The Orioles’ starting rotation entered the night with a 6.06 ERA, the third-highest in baseball.
And that mark would be much higher if it weren’t for Tillman, who has accounted for two of the Orioles’ three quality starts through the first 10 games.
— Baltimore Sun