My first throwback Thursday edition comes after our ace, Chris Tillman, throws 7.1 innings of shutout ball last night, improving his record to 8-1 on the year.
Chris Tillman was traded to the Orioles back on February 8, 2008, from the Mariners, in exchange for Erik Bedard. Eight years later, that trade is still looked at as one of the most lobsided trades in recent years, as Tillman is an ace, and Bedard retired in June of last year.
Chris Tillman made his debut in an Orioles uniform, wearing number 54, on July 29, 2009, pitching at home against the Kansas City Royals.
Pitching in front of 19,741 frustrated Orioles fans, on an 83° night, Tillman was able to get through 4.2 innings, while giving up 3 runs, on 7 hits. Tillman threw 93 pitches that night, 58 for strikes, to 20 batters. He struck out two Royals, and only walked one.
In the second inning of that ballgame, Tillman gave up two home runs, and also gave up one homer in the 4th.
The Orioles did go on to win that game, but Tillman was not credited with the victory.
Think back to that night, and that time Orioles fans. What did you think of Chris Tillman when we donned an Orioles uniform for the first time? Did you think that 8 years later we’d have a true ace on our hands?