Starting pitcher Chris Tillman was very pleased with his three-inning performance in Sunday’s exhibition game against the Red Sox. He pitched three scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum nine batters. His fastball was clocked at up to 95 miles per hour.
“I enjoyed it. It was fun,’’ Tillman said. “It was just good getting back out there. Physically, I felt good. My stuff was good. The offspeed stuff still wasn’t all the way there. That’s still something I’ve got to work on. But, for the most part, I was happy with it.”
Tillman wasn’t so effective in his previous appearance -- allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits over two innings last Tuesday against Boston -- but since then he worked with pitching coach Rick Adair on some adjustments in between starts.
“It went well,’’ he said. “It was much better yesterday. We’re going to continue it, probably today and until my next start, and hopefully look for the same results the next time.”
Showalter and Adair both have pointed to Tillman’s improved strength and conditioning to explain his ability to repeat his delivery better this spring. Tillman confirmed that he is much more confident with his delivery than he was last year.
“I think in the past, I just wasn’t strong enough to repeat my delivery,’’ he said. “Being in better shape now, I’m able to repeat it. It’s much easier to throw that way.”