Showalter speaks after 2-1 loss

BOSTON - The Orioles lost and the Yankees lost.

Same as it ever was - the Orioles still one game back in the American League East.

Manager Buck Showalter covered many topics in his postgame session with the media, including starter Chris Tillman, rookie Dylan Bundy’s major league debut and those darned shadows over home plate that challenged umpire Al Porter as much as the hitters.

“(Tillman) gave us a really good chance,” Showalter said. “If we had done a couple things defensively, he would have probably pitched seven or eight. Tilly threw the ball well. And had some good innings out of the bullpen.

“This time of the year, probably moreso than any ballpark, with the shadows, there’s a reason why the runs are scored late in the ballgame, once the shadow catches up with the pitcher, especially a left-hander. It’s a guessing game trying to see the ball.”

Matt Wieters grounded out to start the top of the ninth after appearing to take ball four.

“Wieters really walked and we would have scored a run, but unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones having trouble seeing the baseball, it looks like,” Showalter said.

Manny Machado bounced into a force at home with the bases loaded and one out. Ryan Flaherty struck out looking on another questionable call from Porter.

“(Andrew) Bailey’s pretty good, and I’m fine with (Machado) up in that spot,” Showalter said. “The last pitch to Ryan’s obviously off the plate, too, so you can’t fault him for that. It’s unfortunate. But Manny’s had some big hits for us.”

The Orioles almost tied the game in the ninth after Mark Reynolds’ one-out single, but Jim Thome settled for a ground-rule double when the ball hopped into the right field seats.

“It’s part of playing in different ballparks,” Showalter said. “We had two routine fly balls yesterday to the left fielder or we wouldn’t have been playing extra innings, so it’s part of the nuances of ballparks being different.”

The game might be remembered most for Bundy’s much-anticipated debut. He entered with a runner on second base and one out in the eighth and induced two fly balls.

“It’s kind of a need, too,” Showalter said. “We’ve got a doubleheader tomorrow, and start pitching people who shouldn’t be pitching and you’re going to be pretty short tomorrow. We were behind in the game. It was a good spot for Dylan down in the order to kind of get him going a little bit. I was proud of him. He handled it well.

“I’d have liked to get him in, but the situation had to present itself like it did today, where we don’t want to jeopardize our bullpen, especially with the doubleheader. We’re playing four games in three days and coming off a tough nine-game trip. A lot of extra-inning games. A little weary. J.J. (Jim Johnson) was a no-go today. Was just the right spot today. I like him and I think he’s got a good future, but I’m not that nice a guy.”

The radar gun showed that Bundy was throwing a cutter, which was prohibited by the club while he pitched in the minors.

“It was a slider,” Showalter said, smiling. “It’s all terminology.”

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