Jason Hammel would like to forget the fourth inning he had against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. After allowing three straight homers to start the inning, Hammel hit Matt Tuiasosopo with a pitch and was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Hunter Wendlestat.
A GIF of the incident, via CBSSports.com
Hammel and the Orioles argued that he had thrown an off-speed pitch — it appeared to be a slider — but anytime you plunk a guy (especially near the head) after allowing a trifecta of home runs, you can expect to hit the showers.
The Tigers made the Orioles pay further for Hammel’s meltdown, tacking on five more runs before the inning ended.