Manager Buck Showalter met with the media for about four minutes after tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Twins, which ran the Orioles’ losing streak to eight games.
Here is a sampling:
On Chris Tillman:
“He was better. Obviously, they’re operating without Morneau and Mauer, but it was good for the most part. He gave us a chance to win. We just didn’t give him much offensive support. We knew Liriano was going to be a challenge. It seemed like it’s probably the fourth or fifth time we faced him this year. You all probably know more than I do. It seems like we faced him every other day in spring training. But he was wildly effective. We just couldn’t put much together. We had a couple spots where we could have done something and we weren’t able to do it. But I was proud of the way Tillman pitched. And you think about Rapada in that situation. Debut there. He was impressive. He can really help us if he can continue to do that.”
On working the count more:
“I think we did to get five walks. There’s two ways to look at it. We did some things to create opportunities, but you’re always trying to walk that fine line between being selective and aggressive. And you can’t take until you hit and you have to hit until you take. It’s too hard to do timing-wise. I thought with five walks we presented some opportunities. He’s just a tough guy to hit. He’s been struggling some this year, but we all know what he’s capable of.”
On Kevin Gregg:
“It’s probably as much our fault as his. There just haven’t been that many opportunities. He needed to pitch and J.J. had been up yesterday and gotten hot. We knew going into the game tonight that Kevin needed to pitch. And we like him out there. He’s pitched pretty effectively for the most part this year, and tonight he struggled a little bit with his command somewhat.”
On Tillman throwing 24 pitches in second inning:
“Tilly’s been working on some things and it got away from him a little bit there in the second inning. Mark reminded him and got him back a little bit on line with some adjustments. He fights himself sometimes. But he was getting down the hill and staying like a ferris wheel instead of a merry-go-round, like Jim Palmer says so well. He got it together and gave us some innings and gave us a chance to win a ballgame. Clay came in and did a good job too. We just weren’t able to push enough across.”
The Orioles have lost their last three series-opening games. They were 17-4 in openers under Showalter before the streak began.
Tillman has allowed 10 of his 13 runs in the first two innings.
The Orioles have totaled two runs in Tillman’s three starts while he’s been on the mound. In 2010, he received two runs or fewer while pitching in nine of 12 starts.
Robert Andino has registered back-to-back multi-hit games.
Adam Jones homered tonight and has reached base in eight of his last nine games.
Luke Scott’s pinch-hit homer was the first for the Orioles since Scott Moore on June 25, 2010 against the Nationals.