Tillman always takes the same approach

Tillman always takes the same approach
September 20, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Chris Davis' magical season continues

With a little luck, Chris Tillman could have been a 20-game winner by now.

Tillman’s 16 wins are the most by any Orioles pitcher since Mike Mussina won 18 in 1999. With perhaps two starts remaining, Tillman can still equal Mussina.

On Thursday night in Boston, Tillman was outpitched by John Lackey, who allowed just two hits. Tillman was probably fortunate to allow just three runs in second inning, but after that, he retired 17 of 19.

“I knew I still had a long way to go. It was just a little bump in the road. I’d like to get the team going better early on but [Lackey] threw a heck of a game,” Tillman said after Thursday’s game.

It was the sixth time Tillman allowed three or fewer runs and either lost or got a no-decision. The most disappointing times were on Aug. 9 in San Francisco when he allowed a run on four hits in eight innings, but Jim Johnson blew the save in the ninth and on Aug. 24 when he gave up a run on three hits in eight innings and didn’t get the win.

The game’s don’t feel any different to Tillman, no matter how important they are.

“For me personally, I go out with the same approach every time. The same game plan. As long as you stick to that, I think it’s the same for me. I don’t want to get too far out of my game plan,” Tillman said.