Everyone who showed up to Camden Yards for the second of three games of the interleague series between the Colorado Rockies and the Baltimore Orioles was excited to see Orioles starting ace Chris Tillman go for his 15th win of the season. Baltimore’s starting pitchers had combined for a 1.38 ERA in the last five games coming in but tonight showed how flawed they have been all season as the Rockies win 6-3, snapping the Orioles five game winning streak. The heavy Colorado batting order handed the Orioles a rare home loss as Baltimore came in with the best home record in the Majors.
Tillman failed tonight to go seven innings with one earned run for the first time this season since June 30th. He lasted only five innings earning the loss with six runs on nine hits, four strikeouts and a wild pitch that forced in a run in the fifth. With this loss Tillman loses his first start at home this season and his first start in the month of June this season. One of the few Oriole offensive highlights tonight was Adam Jones showing the Rockies why he’s hitting .289 at home this season homering tonight in the fifth. Jones finished going 1-for-2 with two RBI’s, two runs scored and two walks and J.J. Hardy went 2-for-3 with a double.
The Rockies almost batted around the lineup in the third inning, forcing Tillman to throw 36 pitches in that inning. Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story had back-to-back two-RBI hits in the inning to break the shutout and then later Nolan Arenado drove in a run on a double in the fifth. Starting pitcher for the Rockies Chad Bettis pitched his fourth consecutive quality start earning the win and improving to 9-6 on the season. He pitched six innings with four hits, two runs, three walks and three strikeouts. Colorado is now 8-1 when Bettis starts, with Bettis going 5-1 over that stretch.
The rubber match of this interleague series will be Wednesday 7:05 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: Jon Gray (COL 6-4 4.12 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (BAL 3-2 3.30 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).