Happy off day, everyone!
- Last night Chris Tillman made his 16th start of the year for the Norfolk Tides and earned his 7th win. Tillman's line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K. He did it all on 94 pitches (61 strikes). One of the few criticisms of Tillman when discussing if he's ready to pitch in the majors has been his inability to pitch late in games, but in his past six starts he's averaging about 6.1 innings/game. Through his 16 starts Tillman has the following stats: 7.2 H/9, 0.4 HR/9, 2.3 BB/9, and 9.2 K/9. With the exception of the strikeouts, those stats are all better this year than they were last year at AA. Tillman has been selected to pitch in the Futures Game this Sunday and hopefully after the All-Star Break we'll get a chance to see him in action in Baltimore.
- In other pitching news, Brandon Erbe is finally heading back to Bowie after an extended stay on the DL and four rehab starts in Aberdeen. Before going on the DL Erbe was pitching very well for the Baysox. In 20 innings he had K'd 19 and allowed just 2 ER. Erbe will start for Bowie either Saturday or Sunday.
Brian Matusz was named Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June by the Orioles. That doesn't even count his 8 inning, 11 K, 1 hit gem on Tuesday. Brian's line since joining the Bowie Baysox: 4 GS, 26.1 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 32 K.
Brandon Snyder got called up to AAA on June 18th and hasn't been able to produce the way he did for Bowie. In the 19 games since his call up he has yet to hit a home run and has only taken 3 walks. His OBP is an .266 and his SLG is just .324. Not great news for the only hitting prospect in the upper levels of the minors. Hopefully he'll straighten himself out. It has only been 19 games, after all.
Tonight's Minor League Pitching:
Troy Patton goes for the Tides and tries to re-create the success he had at Bowie. In four starts since being called up to AAA he's had two bad starts and two good starts and hasn't been nearly as dominating as we saw in AA.
- Ryohei Tanaka makes his second start for Bowie after beginning his AA career in the bullpen. In 9 appearances on the year Tanaka has yet to allow a run. He's walked 3 and struck out 13 in 17 IP.
- Sean Gleason makes the start for Frederick, Chris Salberg goes for the Shorebirds, and Kenny Moreland will pitch for Aberdeen.
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