Two former Mariners prospects were a key part of the Baltimore Orioles win over Seattle: Adam Jones and Chris Tillman. Both were sent to Baltimore in what many Mariners fans would agree to be the dumbest trade in the Bill Bavasi era, when Seattle sent Jones, Tillman, George Sherrill, and two other pitching prospects to Baltimore for starting pitcher Erik Bedard.
Bedard played in 2008, 2010, and 2011, and was traded to the Boston Red Sox last year for outfield prospects Trayvon Robinson and Chih-Hsien Chiang. Tillman, yesterday's starter for the Orioles, has struggled in the past three seasons in the majors. Independence Day's start at Safeco Field was his first start this year. Jones, now in his fifth season with Baltimore, is a three-time All-Star and won a Gold Glove in 2009.
Yesterday, in another low scoring, pitching-motivated game, the Orioles won 4-2. The biggest contributions to the Orioles' victory came from Tillman and Jones.
Tillman lasted 8.1 innings, holding the Mariners to a pair of hits, a pair of walks, and two unearned runs. He struck out seven batters, including Casper Wells, Miguel Olivo, and John Jaso two times each.
Jones, an All-Star selection this year, broke a scoreless tie by leading off the second inning with a homer. He is batting .297 with 20 homers, 44 RBIs, and has swiped 11 bags in 81 games. Earlier this season, Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension with the Orioles.
The Orioles ended up taking the series from the Mariners 2-1 by winning the final two games. Both clubs showed off solid pitching but, ultimately, Baltimore's offense prevailed. The Mariners will take on the Oakland A's tomorrow at the O.co Coliseum before heading into the All-Star break. The Orioles will take on the Los Angels of Anaheim tonight at Angels Stadium for the start of an early AL Wild Card battle.