Tommy Hunter didn’t argue the balk call in the sixth inning that allowed the tying run to score. As he said afterward, “I got got.”
“A famous Little League play and it worked,” he said.
Apparently, Hunter heard one of the Red Sox yell and became distracted.
“I didn’t even see the runner,” he said. “I had no idea what the runner (Will Middlebrooks) was doing. There was a little bit of commotion. I thought he was going, stepped off and did some stupid (stuff) and there it was.
“Tip your cap, man. You’ve got to win. They found a way.”
The balk wasn’t the only mistake from Hunter, who couldn’t hold a three-run Orioles lead and failed to register a quality start for the third time in four outings.
“I gave up five runs in six innings again,” he said. “I had a 5-2 lead and didn’t finish it. Didn’t finish the game.
“The last inning was very frustrating. I left the ball up to (David) Ortiz, he pumped the (crap) out of the ball. Then a double, Adrian Gonzalez stayed inside the ball and put it inside the left-field line. He’s a good hitter. It’s just one of those things. A single scored that run, then I had a stupid, stupid play I let happen. Bottom line.”
Hunter said he had good stuff. It just didn’t translate into a win.
“Like I said, we’re in a 5-4 ballgame and, I don’t know,” he said. “It was unfortunate that I let something so stupid happen in that ballgame and let the team back in it. That’s a good team.”
Hunter noticed that Ortiz spun and flipped the bat after making contact on a long home run. A little showboating.
“Yeah, yeah,” Hunter said. “I guess that’s his game.”
Kevin Gregg took the loss by allowing two runs in the seventh. He hadn’t been scored upon in his previous seven outings and 9 1/3 innings.
“They didn’t hit it at people,” he said. “Actually, the way the ball was coming out and the location of the pitches, they were good pitches. If you go back and look at the video, sometimes you give up hits on pitches you’re happy with.
“(Mike) Aviles’ first-pitch cutter, he hits it off the end of the bat, hits it out of the infield. You just have to roll with that. (Dustin) Pedroia takes a pitch that’s down and away on the corner and hits it down the line the other way. There’s not a lot you can do with that. The (intentional) walk to Ortiz, (Adrian) Gonzalez comes up, I get ahead of him, fastball. I’m trying to get him to pop it up. Hits it a little deeper than I wanted him to for a sac fly. Middlebrooks comes up, get ahead of him, I get a 2-2 fastball down and away, probably located away from the zone, and then hits a line drive back up the middle. That situation could easily have been a rollover or something like that, and it would have been a different outcome.”
Upon further review, Chris Davis didn’t think the ball he hit up the first base line was fair.
“I thought it was fair in the heat of the moment,” he said. “Obviously, if they hit it, I always think it’s foul, but it was close. That guy (Rich Hill) is a tough at-bat for a lefty, and he left a pitch out over the plate and I hooked it a little bit. But you’ve still got to go back and do your job.”