Going back to Chris Tillman’s start today for Triple-A Norfolk, he allowed all four runs and six hits in the first inning. He blanked Indianapolis on three hits over the next four innings.
That’s still not a roll, but it’s encouraging that he settled down.
Here’s the Angels lineup:
Bourjos is the son of former Orioles farmhand and current scout Chris Bourjos.
The Angels have won 10 of the last 13 games at Camden Yards.
In Jeremy Guthrie’s 11 losses, the Orioles have scored 12 runs while he’s been on the mound and 22 runs total. They’ve totaled three runs or fewer in 15 of his 21 starts.
Koji Uehara hasn’t allowed any of his nine inherited runners to score. He’s retired the first batter he’s faced in 15 of his 17 appearances this season.
Brian Roberts went 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, three runs scored and a stolen base on the road trip.
The Orioles have blown 17 save opportunities this year.
Opponents have been successful on 22 consecutive stolen base attempts. However, they’ve only attempted one steal in the last eight games.
The Orioles are 4-for-35 with runners in scoring position in their last five games, 5-for-48 in their last seven and 7-for-62 in their last nine.
On the subject of accountability, new manager Buck Showalter was asked about the importance of players being able to police themselves.
“I don’t like the word ‘police,’” he said. “It’s just holding yourself to a high standard. There’s a covenant when you put on a major league uniform, and more important to me, a Baltimore Orioles uniform. There are a lot of people who have worked and sweated and tolled very hard to make it something that it was and needs to be again. Some people have trouble with that, but it’s called the big leagues.
“Nobody feels sorry for you up here. They’re just glad you’ve got the problems you have, and they’ll step on your neck. They pat you on the back out there during batting practice, but they can’t wait to get a piece of you, and we need to keep that mode in mind. It’s reciprocal. If you get a chance to step on somebody, you better do it.”
What will fans see from the stands over the next few weeks that will define Showalter?
“I can promise it will be spontaneous,” he replied. “When it comes to things like that, every situation on any given day calls for a different approach. And it will be sincere.”
Showalter arrived at the ballpark around 11 a.m, but he wanted to get here earlier. He’s still learning the traffic patterns.
“I thought you could take a right there and you can’t. I ended up halfway to New York,” he said. “You all know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Thanks for the heads-up.”
Here’s one more:
“We’re trying to find 25 guys who share a common goal. I’m at a stage of my life where I don’t have time for insincerity. If you’re not in with the Orioles, then you can ply your trade somewhere else.”