After a losing stretch during this week, the Orioles got into the win column again, this time defeating the Minnesota Twins, 3-1, in Fort Myers, FL.
Pitcher Chris Tillman was the story of the game. His performance was a bit uneven, but he threw well as he went 3 1/3 innings, allowed a run in the fourth innings, walked two, struck out one and allowed four hits. He still allowed way too many base runners, but avoided a big inning.
At this point, I’d say Tillman is still in the running for a starting spot; however, his inconsistency on the mound is hurting him. He has got so much potential, and has obviously been working in camp. Then again, if Tillman does make the Opening Day roster, he will need to become more efficient and carry it over from start to start.
Dana Eveland – who is also battling for a spot on the roster – threw three scoreless innings. The Oriole bullpen – Robert Hinton, Troy Patton and Oscar Villarreal – did not give up run during their respective outings.
Robert Andino homered in the sixth inning, and Scott Beerer plated in two during the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.