Originally posted on Oriole Post  |  Last updated 8/29/12

The Baltimore Orioles earned their 71st victory of the season as they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 6-0.

In another amazing performance by Chris Tillman (7-2), he only allowed one hit over seven innings on the mounds. It is astounding how much Tillman has improved over the past season, considering how bad he was at times in the past.

Fans wanted him traded in the past; however, there's a reason why the Orioles didn't trade him. If the Orioles do make the playoffs, one reason for them making it will be contributions of Tillman this summer. In a season where the Orioles have done the improbable, would have imagined Tillman having such a vital role in the rotation right now? Could you imagine him starting a playoff game? It looks like now, thanks to a few changes - mainly in his delivery - that Tillman has probably finally figured out how to pitch in the majors.

Tillman flat out owned the White Sox, striking out five; he, did also did walk four guys – a little of a downer in an otherwise stunning performance.

His teammates came through at the plate as Nick Markakis got things going with a three-run double in the second inning to put Baltimore up 3-0. Lew Ford hit his second home run of the season – a solo shot - in as many days in the second inning, and Manny Machado raised the score to 5-0 with a sacrifice fly.

The Orioles were able to jump on Chicago starter Chris Sale (15-5), who only lasted four innings. He gave up four runs in his outing.

I expected the matchup with Sale to be tough on the night, but it was anything but.

Adam Jones hit his 100th career home run – and 25th of the year – a solo shot, in the seventh inning.

Brian Matusz pitched two scoreless innings to close out Tuesday’s game.

Virginia native Joe Saunders suits up for the Orioles in his first start tonight; meanwhile, Baltimore is interested in left-hander Randy Wolf – who was released from the Milwaukee Brewers recently. I’m curious why the team would want him now, considering the amount of available starters now; however, he may be used as a reliever according to reports. As we know, the Orioles need arms - quality ones - and I guess, the more, the merrier.

Once again, the attendance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards the game was terribly underwhelming – especially for a team in a pennant race.

Only 12,841 fans showed up last night.

Some members of the media have harped on the lack of attendance over the past few days at Camden Yards, and the bottom line is this: fans have every right to spend their money any way they want to.

If they want to go to games – cool; if not, whatever.

There are multiple reasons why they do not attend games and noted in the comments section of their pieces.

It is certainly bad for civic pride to see a stadium more than two-thirds empty for a team competing for a playoff spot – especially after 14 years of losing.

I see the Orioles on average of 25 to30 games as a fan and have had a season ticket of some form since 2003. It can be expensive to go to a game; however, there are times I’ve gone on the cheap, brought my own food, drinks and found parking on the streets around the park for free to save money.

I try to make it to as many games as possible with my schedule, finances and everything else that happens in life. I’m a single guy with some disposable income, but not everyone is in my shoes and a lot of families do have problems stretching out a budget.

However, I think the issue is deeper than that.

I do not think the problem with attendance is the cost of attending a game, but a serious disconnect between the franchise and its fans.

That is just my opinion.

The Orioles honestly may have to work a lot harder to win back some fans.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sam Mitchell reportedly candidate to join Pelicans’ coaching staff

Warriors GM indicates Steve Kerr still isn’t ready to return

Taylor Hall says it was “nice to finally see” the Edmonton Oilers eliminated

Report: Jets to hire female defensive backs coach

Vince Young officially inks contract with CFL team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Witten: Bill Parcells is getting soft in his old age

Braves make up with fan ejected by security for interference

David Price to start for Red Sox Monday against Chicago

David Price to start for Red Sox Monday against Chicago

Magic Johnson indicates Brandon Ingram is Lakers’ only untradeable player

Congress drafted a bill that could legalize online sports betting; how soon might it happen?

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

It’s our civic duty to stop attending Super Bowls in new stadiums

Box Score 5/25: The Cavaliers look to close out the Celtics

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker