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Orioles, Tillman lose in ugly fashion, 10-2


Orioles, Tillman lose in ugly fashion, 10-2

BALTIMORE – For the last three seasons, Chris Tillman has been the Orioles’ best pitcher. He’s been helped by outstanding infield defense, particularly by Manny Machado.

For six innings on Tuesday night, Tillman kept the Orioles in the game, but in the seventh, he and the defense came apart, and in the eighth inning it got worse.

The Orioles’ ugly 10-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before 17,319 at Oriole Park had Machado baffled.

He committed a key error in the seventh inning that led to a four-run inning, and his teammates committed two more that led to four more in the eighth.

“That wasn’t us. That wasn’t us. And it kept rolling. That was the inning that we lost the game, and they took advantage of it. It’s part of the game. We collapsed, and they took advantage of it,” Machado said.

Machado, who was covering second on a double play threw wildly to Tillman, covering first. It was his eighth error this season.

Tillman thought he could have made the play.

“I did. We’ve practiced that a ton in spring training and throughout the year and I got there in almost too much time and I went out to get it and it just kind of got away from me,” Tillman said.

“It was a close game through the sixth and I think if I make that play on that double play it’s a close ballgame and we’ve got a chance to win it. I’ve got to make that play and when I didn’t I need to get the next guy out.”

After Justin Smoak got to second on the error, Keon Travis pinch ran for him, and Josh Donaldson singled for a run to make it 3-2. Jose Bautista hit a ground-rule double.

Tommy Hunter replaced Tillman and a run scored on Caleb Joseph’s passed ball. Edwin Encarnacion hit his second home run, a two-run shot, in as many innings, and the Orioles trailed 6-2.

Tillman (2-5) allowed five runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, and he has a career-high four game losing streak.

“It’s right there, it really is. If I make one more (good) pitch in that game that’s anybody’s ballgame to have,” Tillman said.

As bad as the seventh inning was, it was followed by an equally unsightly eighth. Errors by Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy, a wild pitch by T.J. McFarland and a long two-run home run by Donaldson gave Toronto (17-17) a 10-2 lead.

The team that’s played such sterling defense has suddenly let the Orioles down.

In 2013, the Orioles set a record for fewest errors with 54. Last year, they made 87. They’ve already made 22 in 31 games.

“I've very privileged to watch a lot of really good defensive games played here the last few years. Obviously, tonight wasn’t one of them,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“We’ve been really good at that phase and we weren’t tonight. So, learn from it and try to get back to being more of what we’re capable of. Didn’t do very good out of the bullpen. We’ve been pitching pretty well out of there. Didn’t tonight. That allowed it to kind of get away from us there.”

Mark Buehrle retired the first six Orioles, and then Hardy singled to lead off the third. With two outs, Machado punched a double down the left field line, and Jimmy Paredes extended his hitting streak to 11 games by singling to center.

The 2-0 lead held until the fourth when Chris Colabello’s single to left scored Encarnacion. Tillman had allowed two infield singles in the first three innings.

Encarnacion hit his sixth home run in the sixth to tie the score at 2.

Buehrle (5-2) allowed two runs in six innings.

It was the fourth time the Orioles (14-17) have allowed 10 or more runs, all against the Blue Jays. Buehrle has been the beneficiary in three of those games.

“They’re swinging the bat. We’re not. They’re hitting in key situations, and we’re just making too many errors. Plain and simple, we’re making too many errors. Dumb mistakes that we shouldn’t be doing. It’s not like us,” Machado said. “We just got to play better defense.”

The Orioles may make a roster move. Showalter said that there was a medical issue involving one of the pitchers. Rule 5 draft pick Jason Garcia, who might have ordinarily pitched in a blowout, could be headed to the disabled list, and Mike Wright may be recalled from Norfolk.

NOTES: This was the second time this season the Orioles made three errors in a game. … Tillman has lost five straight against the Blue Jays. … Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.62) faces Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.57) on Wednesday night.


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2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Orioles and Royals battled back and forth most of 2018 for the title of the worst team in baseball, and ultimately, Baltimore pulled "ahead" to earn the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Any number one pick is important, but this one feels especially crucial, as Peter Angelos and his sons elected not to renew the contracts of GM Dan Duquette or manager Buck Showalter.

With a new regime in place, the player selected by the Orioles to kick off this year's draft will not only have the usual high expectations placed on their shoulders, but will also serve as the face of Mike Elias' rebuild of the organization.

Thankfully for the Orioles, this year's draft class, while not particularly deep with talent, appears to be historically strong at the top. Adley Rutschman, the projected top choice by many, will be a top 10 prospect in all of baseball the day he signs, according to some evaluators. The top three to four players as a group rival that of any in the last several classes.

Whoever they end up choosing to wear the black and orange going forward, the Orioles will be adding a talented, respected prospect to a farm system that desperately needs more future stars. It's especially exciting to the front office brass in Baltimore that each of the potential top picks in the class is not only talented, but also has a great head on his shoulders. Across the board among the top four guys, scouts rave about their work ethics and makeups.

It's been a tough season to watch in Baltimore, Miami, and Kansas City, but draft night will be an exciting moment in history for each of those franchises.

The Orioles will make the first selection in this year's draft at 7 p.m. on June 3.

2019 MLB Draft How to Watch:

What: 2019 MLB Draft Day One: Rounds 1-2
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: MLB Network studios, Secaucus, NJ
TV Channel: MLB Network
Live Stream: MLB.com

How many rounds are there in the 2019 MLB Draft?

There are 40 rounds in the 2019 MLB Draft. Rounds 1-2 will air on MLB Network at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Rounds 3-10 will stream on MLB.com, beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Rounds 11-40 will also stream on MLB.com, beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

2019 MLB Draft prospects to know: 

Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

Rutschman is the complete package both at the plate and behind it, and is considered by many evaluators to be the best incoming MLB prospect in several seasons. It's possible the Orioles look elsewhere with their first selection, but it would qualify as a major surprise if they don't take the future star catcher.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, High School (Texas)

The top prep player in the class, Witt projects to be a future five-tool shortstop, making him an incredibly valuable commodity. The son of a former pitcher, Witt has the defensive skillset to stick at shortstop, plus power at the plate, and a terrific makeup.

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

Vaughn is having the best collegiate offensive career since Kris Bryant, which is a ton of praise. The first baseman lives up to that praise at the plate, winning the Golden Spikes Award as a sophomore in 2018 and taking his bat to another level this season. The defensive profile is the only thing keeping him from going higher.

CJ Abrams, SS, High School (Georgia)

Abrams is supremely athletic, blessed with elite speed and a quick bat. His natural talent should keep him at shortstop, with Gold Glove-caliber play in center field the likely defensive floor. If he can tap into his power while mainting great contact skills, his upside rivals anyone's in the class, Rutschman and Witt included.

Recent No. 1 picks in the MLB Draft:

2018: SP Casey Mize (Detroit Tigers)
2017: SS Royce Lewis (Minnesota Twins)
2016: OF Mickey Moniak (Philadelphia Phillies)
2015: SS Dansby Swanson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2014: SP Brady Aiken (Houston Astros)
2013: SP Mark Appel (Houston Astros)
2012: SS Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
2011: SP Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2010: C/OF Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
2009: SP Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)

What is the 2019 MLB Draft order?

1. Orioles
2. Royals 
3. White Sox 
4. Marlins 
5. Tigers 
6. Padres 
7. Reds 
8. Rangers
9. Braves (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)
10. Giants
11. Blue Jays
12. Mets 
13. Twins 
14. Phillies 
15. Angels 
16. D-backs
17. Nationals 
18. Pirates 
19. Cardinals
20. Mariners 
21. Braves
22. Rays
23. Rockies
24. Indians
25. Dodgers 
26. Diamondbacks (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)
27. Cubs
28. Brewers
29. Athletics
30. Yankees
31. Dodgers (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros
33. Red Sox

How was the 2019 MLB Draft order was determined?

The Baltimore Orioles hoped to compete in the 2018 season, but down seasons from multiple core players and injuries combined to take them out of contention early enough to sell off most of their assets at the 2018 Trade Deadline. After the firesale, it was all but certain they would lose 100+ games, but few expected a 47-115 final record, the worst in baseball.

The Royals were also historically bad, finishing with a 58-104 record to earn the second pick in the draft. In the same division, the White Sox went 62-100 to earn the draft's third selection. Baltimore, Kansas City and Chicago were the only three teams to lose at least 100 games, as the Marlins had baseball's fourth-worst record at 63-98.

The Tigers round out the top five in this year's draft after a 64-98 season, giving the AL Central three of the five worst records in all of baseball.

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The Orioles got obliterated by the Yankees Tuesday night, losing the matchup 11-4.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:


David Hess struggles against Yankees. The righty allowed eight hits – including a trio of home runs – while also walking four batters.

Stevie WIlkerson scored a three-run home run Tuesday in the Orioles' loss to the Yankees.


Gary Sanchez joined his teammate Gleyber Torres in terrorizing Orioles pitchers this season, scoring his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone.  

Domingo German allowed three runs -- two earned -- over five frames versus the Orioles on Tuesday to pick up his ninth win of the season.


SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  
Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 
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