In his years in Baltimore, right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter didn’t get a lot of love from a vocal quadrant of the fan base. He didn’t succeed as a closer and, when he didn’t pitch well, it was magnified because he was often in high-pressure, high-profile situations.
And he certainly wasn’t having his best season this year, pitching to a 3.63 ERA in 39 games in 2015 as an Oriole after posting sub-3.00 ERAs in his previous two seasons with the club.
But he’s an experienced major league reliever. He’s started a World Series game. No situation is too much for him.
So, when the Orioles carried a 4-4 tie into the 11th inning Sunday, it would have been a perfect time to use...