Tommy Hunter isn’t used to these situations. Ninth inning up by two runs two runners on.
Tampa Bay’s Kelly Johnson took off for second. If he made it the Rays would have the tying run on second. Matt Wieters had other ideas. He fired the ball to J.J. Hardy who slapped the tag on Johnson to abruptly end the game.
The Orioles were able to salvage one of three from Tampa Bay 4-2 before 28323 at Oriole Park on Wednesday night.
Hunter is slow to the plate Johnson said and as the tying run he was confident he could make it.
“I just probably wouldn’t run on Wheaty. That’s not the first idea that popped into my head” Hunter said.
Manager Buck Showalter decided he wanted to keep away from embattled closer Jim Johnson in the ninth. With a two-run lead he kept Darren O’Day in the game who had briskly retired the side in the eighth on just eight pitches.
O’Day gave up a single on his eighth pitch to Wil Myers and Brian Matusz came in to face James Loney.
On 11 pitches Matusz walked James...