Orioles starter Chris Tillman filled up the stat sheet in all the wrong categories today, and the result is the Orioles trailing the Kansas City Royals, 8-1, in the fifth inning.
Tillman allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings. He mixed in a balk and a wild pitch for good measure.
His ERA is now 7.16 after six starts. In two of his past four starts, he's failed to pitch four complete innings.
The 10 hits that he allowed were a career high, and the eight earned runs tied a career high. His outing broke a stretch of 19 consecutive games where Oriole starters had gone at least five innings. The last time that didn't happen was on April 13 when Tillman was knocked out of the game by the New York Yankees after just 1 2/3 innings.
If there was a positive - and I'm admittedly reaching here - Tillman was hitting 92 or 93 miles per hour on the radar gun a decent amount during his abbreviated start.
The Orioles offense shouldn't be let off the hook either. They have just one run on four hits in five innings against junk-baller Bruce Chen.