. How long has it been?
The last time he blew one Manny Machado and
Here's a silver lining for you: Even when Johnson blows one, it's rarely ugly. He gave up four singles that were beat into the ground on Tuesday. It's not like they got a lot of lift off a guy who has made his living getting grounders. I'll take that from my closer as opposed to the 97-mph fireballer with the penchant of serving up longballs in the ninth.
Here’s a second silver lining:
What that shows is that he can make adjustments within a game, shelve or refine what's not working and attack with what is. The failure to do that killed Tillman at the beginning of his career and figuring it out helped him to excel last year. And that's not lost on Tillman.
"It is encouraging. In the early part of the season I struggled with it a little bit," Tillman said. "It was one of my strong points last year and I think it is starting to come around a little bit. Being able to make adjustments within the game is probably the biggest jump from Triple-A to the big leagues. Being able to make the adjustments now instead of in between starts is huge."
I'm not sure this one will qualify as a silver lining. The bottom two spots in the order for the Orioles this year have been horrendous. Nos. 8 and 9 entered Tuesday night batting a combined .174 with just 19 runs driven in (that's 11 percent of Orioles' RBIs. If all lineup spots were equal, and obviously they aren't, it would be 22 percent total).
It’s a start, but the bottom of the order – whether it’s Flaherty, Pearce, Casilla,
The Orioles aren’t announcing a timeframe for the return of lefty