Tillman terrific in Tuesday win

By Norfolk Tides | May 12, 2009 6:52 PM

Chris Tillman struck out 10 in six shutout innings of Norfolk's 9-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs Tuesday night.

Tillman (4-0) was tremendous en route to picking up his fourth straight win, as he allowed just five hits and two walks in the outing. The 10 punchouts for the 21-year-old set a Tides season-high, and the six scoreless innings lowered Tillman's ERA to 2.03.

Tillman received plenty of run support from the offense, as the Tides pounded out 16 hits. Nolan Reimold led the Tides offense with three hits, the first of which was a two-run homer in the 2nd inning, his team-leading 9th of the season. Reimold also added two doubles to up his league-leading average to .396.

Oscar Salazar and Robby Hammock each added three hits apiece in the victory, while Justin Turner had two hits and two runs batted in. Joey Gathright, making his Norfolk debut after being acquired in a trade on May 8, finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Norfolk is now 6-0 in Tillman's six starts this season, and the Tides have plated 50 runs in those six outings (8.3 runs a game).

The Tides and Chiefs will square off again Wednesday night, with first pitch from Alliance Bank Stadium scheduled for 7:00. David Pauley (2-3, 4.85) is slated to get the start for Norfolk.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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