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Game 34: Royals @ Orioles 5/8/2013

Game 34: Royals @ Orioles 5/8/2013

PostPost #1 by ofahn » May 8th, 2013, 2:14 pm

KC: Mendoza (0-1, 7.00)
BAL: Tillman (2-1, 3.63)

If Tillman pitches ANYTHING like his last outing this should be an easy win.
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Re: Game 34: Royals @ Orioles 5/8/2013

PostPost #2 by Rising O's » May 8th, 2013, 8:25 pm

Good win. We could be tied for first very soon. Let's get to 10 games over!
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Re: Game 34: Royals @ Orioles 5/8/2013

PostPost #3 by ofahn » May 8th, 2013, 9:45 pm

The top of the second inning was a perfect example of why Chris Tillman is not an elite pitcher despite his talent.

He has the back up C down 1 - 2 and just nibbles his way into a walk. Then he throws two nasty strikes to the next batter and, instead of just finishing him off with the very same stuff he just went 0 - 2 on, he nibbles his way to a 3 - 2 count and is forced to come in with three straight pitches over the plate which the batter couldn't handled resulting in two foul pop ups and a third pop up for the out.

Then, in the top of the sixth with a four run lead and two outs, he decides he HAS to nibble and walks Lorenzo Cain. A good hitter, but someone with NO power. That forces him to pitch to Moustakas, who had already had two hits off of him, and BANG it's a two run game.

WHEN is he going to accept that his stuff is good enough to go after a hitter when he has him down two strikes? The nibbling in just the second alone cost him an entire extra innings' worth of pitches.
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