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."