The Black Team’s Robert Andino hit a two-run homer off Josh Perrault in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, 5-5.
Chorye Spoone gave up a run in the fifth, reducing the Orange Team’s lead to 5-3, but I was in the clubhouse and nobody is keeping a scorebook on an intrasquad game, so I can’t pass along any details.
Here’s what Chris Tillman said about his scoreless inning:
“I felt great. As I was warming up, I thought, ‘Yeah, this feels real good.’ I would have liked to throw a little more off-speed stuff, but it’s good to locate your fastball early in camp. I mixed in a couple cutters there. I know what I need to do to make my adjustments.”
The back injury no longer factors into Tillman’s daily routine. He’s forgotten about it - unless a reporter reminds him again. That’s one of the reasons we’re here.
“I’ve been 100 percent for the last two days,” he said. “I was even allowed to lift today. I think that’s all in the rearview mirror and we’re going forward from here.”
Catcher Matt Wieters praised Tillman for being able to locate the fastball and getting good movement on his breaking stuff.
“He was able to work his cutter in and it had the right spin on it. It was a pretty good outing for him today,” Wieters said.
The cutter is a new pitch that “shows promise,” Wieters said.
“For the most part, it’s breaking the right way and it has the right spin on it. It doesn’t look like he’s trying to make it do too much. It’s definitely a pitch he should keep working on and could help him throughout his career.”