Added Britton: “It’s part of the game but those two pitches that Gregg threw to Papi weren’t even close. So it was unnecessary for him to stare in and act like a tough guy. Kevin’s not going to back down if you are going to stare at him like that. There’s no reason we are trying to hit him. We are getting our [butts] kicked, we are not trying to hit him. That’s what you get. Big Papi, he is what he is, and that’s what happens.”
Britton had plenty more to say, specifically about his own outing. He managed to get just two outs, while allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and two walks. The rookie left-hander has lost three consecutive decisions and six of his last seven. He has just one victory since May 1, a span of 12 starts, while the Orioles’ rotation now has 9.09 ERA over the last 14 games.
“I was pretty much embarrassed,” Britton said. “It’s unacceptable. If you want to pitch at this level, you can’t do that, especially since the way we’ve been throwing the starting rotation, to go out there and not even get out of the first inning, it’s kind of a joke."
The Orioles (37-49) are now 1-7 on this road trip and have lost 10 of their last 11 games and 20 of their last 25. During their five-game losing streak, they’ve been outscored 50-18, including 20-7 in the first two games of this series. The Orioles have also now given up double-digit runs four times in their past five games and double-digit hits in six straight.
Perhaps, the late-game melee will serve as the spark that the team needs.
“I’m proud of them,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “They handled it the right way. We’re a little wounded, and some things happen out there that kind of wakens wounded people. We’ll see what happens.”