Orioles forced to go to the bullpen in the fifth inning of ALCS Game 1


Chris Tillman’s night ended with a runner on third base with one out in the top of the fifth inning of ALCS Game 1 against the Royals. The Orioles had fallen behind when Tillman allowed four runs in the third inning. In the fifth, Tillman allowed a hit in the right-center field gap to Lorenzo Cain, who hustled for a double, narrowly beating center fielder Adam Jones’ throw in to second base. Cain moved to third base on an Eric Hosmer ground out to second base. Manager Buck Showalter decided that was the end of the line for Tillman after throwing 84 pitches to 22 batters.

Tommy Hunter, who had begun warming up when Tillman was struggling in the third, entered the game in relief. He allowed Cain, the inherited runner, to score on a Billy Butler sacrifice fly, stretching the Royals’ lead back to four runs at 5-1. Alex Gordon then ripped a line drive single to center field, but was promptly picked off of first base to end the fifth inning.

Tillman’s final line: 4 1/3 innings, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Definitely not the outing the Orioles were looking for to begin the ALCS.