The future just got a little brighter for the Orioles. Well, if you’re into immediate over-reactions and things of that nature. But enough with the pessimism. Chris Tillman, a 22-year-old right-hander in the O’s system, tossed nine innings of no-hit baseball on Wednesday night against the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, Georgia.
MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, the Orioles’ major league beat reporter, grabbed a quote from Tillman after the start:
“Everything kind of fell into place,” Tillman said Wednesday. “I was pitching around my fastball. I had my curveball when I
needed it. I was able to throw my changeup and my cutter. My catcher
[Adam Donachie] did a great job calling pitches. I had three or four
great plays behind me.”
It was a team effort, and the Norfolk Tides defeated the Gwinnett Braves 6-0. Tillman was a near-lock to capture Baltimore’s final rotation spot this spring after throwing 65 major league innings last season, but David Hernandez stepped up and secured the gig. Now Tillman is fighting his way back to the big leagues, and tonight’s performance should only help.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.