No question Chris Davis is the story, but last night Orioles' starter Chris Tillman (10-2) was the highlight of the night. Tillman continued his strong resurgence that he began last year when he was called up mid-season. Ever since then, Tillman has been one of, if not the best pitcher in the Baltimore starting rotation, and last night was no different. Tillman worked six strong innings, while allowing two runs on five hit, two walks and striking out six.
The ability to get himself out of jams has been one of the biggest factors in his success, and last night Tillman did just that. He found himself in a bases loaded jam with two outs in the second inning and although he walked in a run, he still limited the damage to just the one run and ended up not allowing another run until the sixth when Robinson Cano hit a solo homer.
If Chris Davis and Manny Machado were still secrets around the league, last night's ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast gave both players the showcase they deserved. Machado not only did what he does best by hitting his MLB leading 38th double of the season, but he also showed his power by starting the solo homer brigade in the first with his sixth of the season.
Not be out done by the kid, Crush Davis continued his onslaught of Yankees' pitching as he delivered yet another opposite field home run, this one good for his MLB leading 31st of the season. With still two weeks before the All Star break, Davis became the franchise leader for home runs before the All Star break surpassing Brady Anderson's 30 in 1996.
Davis and Machado were the story, Tillman was the highlight, but the leading role of the night was Camden Yards and Orioles' fans. Oriole Park at Camden Yards was rocking last night as if it were a playoff game. Countless comments on the ESPN broadcast about the city, the fans and the atmosphere were just stating the obvious….Baltimore baseball is back!
Baltimore will enjoy a day off today before hitting the road for a six game road trip starting on Tuesday with a three game set against the Chicago White Sox.
Player of the Series
There is no questioning who gets our Player of the Series award this time around. Crush demolished Yankees pitching as he went 3-10 with three homers, six RBI and four runs scored.
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