Workman (1-0), as so many pointed out on social media, lived up to his name and did so with admirable efficiency. He needed just 67, yes 67 pitches to get through 6 2/3 innings as he consistently got ahead of hitters and forced them to swing early in the count. Baltimore did not muster a single rally against the young right hander, who was making just his fourth start for Boston, and in 2012 won their Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
Tillman (5-3) bounced back pretty nicely from his last outing as he was able to give the Birds six innings of one run baseball while allowing seven hits, three walks and striking out three and needed 100 pitches to do so.
Unfortunately for Tillman, the one run he did allow turned out to be the only run scored in the game. Mike Napoli was able to muscle a pitch into short right field with two outs in the third inning to score Brock Holt for the lone run, and even more unfortunate for Tillman is that it was a good pitch that Napoli was just able to fight off for a hit.
Ryan Webb and Brian Matusz combined for three innings of shutout baseball in relief, and Matusz added to his David Ortiz strikeout collection with one in the eighth, which now makes Ortiz 1-21 with 13 strikeouts against the left hander.
Baltimore did not resemble anything close to a rally in the game as they never had two baserunners on the base paths at the same time and not a one reached second base.
Steve Pearce pinch hit for Caleb Joseph to leadoff the bottom of the ninth inning and produced the second Orioles hit on the night. Ryan Flaherty, who broke up the no-hitter in the sixth, tried to lay down a sac bunt, but he bunted it pretty much right back to the pitcher and Pearce was thrown out at second. The next two hitters were struck out to end the ball game.
It was an abysmal night at the plate for the O’s, but it really comes down to the fact that on some nights, the other guy is just better, and Workman was just that last night.
The Orioles will look for the series win tonight in the rubber game and will send Wei-Yin Chen (6-2) to the mound against Rubby De La Rosa (1-1) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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