The future again was on display with the Baltimore Orioles last night at the Yard, as rookie Chris Tillman – who has been shining down on the farm in Norfolk – made his long awaited debut in Baltimore on Wednesday. If you look at the rotation going into the year, versus today, it's amazing the turnover that has taken place, especially with four rookies in the starting rotation.
When the dust settled, Baltimore won for only the third time in twelve games as they beat Kansas City, 7-3, thanks to breaking a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning thanks to a Nick Markakis 2 RBI-single along with a Royals bullpen that let the game go. Before Nick’s big hit, the Orioles tied the game off an Adam Jones RBI-double. The Orioles added two more runs in the eighth inning off a Marakais two-run single.
The offense scuffled against Zack Greinke – a Cy Young Award Candidate – and he went six innings, and gave up two runs – courtesy of an Adam Jones two-run homer in the first inning for his 17th of year (he’s now homered in three straight games). After the Orioles got their runs off Greinke in the first, he settled and looked like one of the best pitchers in the American League.