Just because everybody blew him off after his first 2 outings. Just because today was a crappy sports day for Caps and O’s fans. Just because we need a smile. Let’s all celebrate the fact that the O’s may still have a hell of a prospect down in Norfolk named Chris Tillman.

I’m not sure he found his cut fastball, but he found something tonight as he pitched a 9 inning, complete game, no hitter against the Gwinnett Braves. Here are some quotes courtesy of the GWINNETT BRAVES

Ranking this among career highlight:
“It’s high up there, I think this may be number one. I had one other game where I came pretty close, but nothing to this extent. I think getting called up to the big leagues was definitely a huge thing last year and that probably sticks out more to me as that has been my goal my whole life. This is what I’m here for, just trying to get back there.”

“My team did a great job behind me. Early in the game there was a great play in center field and the catcher did a great job with some of the pitches – we were on the same page for the most part.”

On his mindset:
“I was just working on things here. I was working on my fast ball command, on that cutter, on throwing that curve ball for strikes. I think it all fell together tonight.”

“I didn’t realize what was going on until about the 5th or 6th inning. Once I realized what was happening, I started noticing everyone scooting down on the bench and no one would sit next to me.”

On the pressure:
“My team did a good job of keeping me upbeat. The whole game my team kept joking around with me and I think that helped make it easier.”

On the team rushing out postgame
“I didn’t think they were going to do that. It was real cool to have those guys behind my back. It’s a good feeling – especially with the guys I’ve been with for awhile.”