The Baltimore Orioles got out of Dylan Bundy what they hadn’t gotten in the first two games of this series last night: a quality start. Admittedly Arlington Texas’ Globe Life Park isn’t an easy place to pitch, meaning quality starts by either home or visiting pitchers can be tough to come by. But the O’s got one out of Bundy last night, and it put them in a spot to win the game. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 6 K.
You notice the six strikeouts; as opposed to the first two Orioles’ starters in this series, Bundy pitched for the strikeout. Cashner and Cobb seemed to be pitching-to-contact. And in general that’s not a bad thing, that is unless the opponent is intent on making contact. And Texas hitters were.
They were also intent on making contact last night, however Bundy was fooling them. He was able to employ breaking pitches and late movement to keep the Texas lineup at bay. However after the game when Bundy was asked if he was pleased with the outing, he focused more on the result than anything else (all quotes courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):
No, I got the loss. Not happy about it at all. But it was a little bit better. Only left one ball over the plate instead of three, it seems like the last two outings. Just trying to execute pitches one pitch at a time.
Unfortunately it was an E6 by Renato Nunez that helped the Orioles to this loss. Nunez airmailed a throw to first on what would have been a routine ground out by Beltre in the fourth inning. The ball went into the stands, and Beltre took second base. That brought Gallo to the plate who smacked a two-run homer on a line that barely curved around the right field foul pole.
That’s the type of error that Orioles fans (and coaches) will have to get used to for the time being. It’s one that you can tolerate in a sense because Nunez is a young player and he’s still learning. However this is what rebuilding is – my hope is that all of the people who over the years claimed they wanted the Orioles to go through a rebuilding process understand that.
The O’s would net a run in the seventh on Mark Trumbo‘s RBI-single to cut the Texas lead to 2-1. It was also Trumbo’s 1,000th career hit, a feat he addressed after the game:
That is pretty cool. I actually like this one a little bit more than some of the other things I’ve done. Unfortunate that it didn’t contribute to a win tonight, but it’s pretty special to me.
An Odor solo homer in the eighth would eventually put the game away for Texas, as the O’s fell 3-1, making Dylan Bundy a hard-luck loser. Ultimately that Nunez error was costly. However all things being equal the Birds still lose this game 2-1. The absence of Schoop and Machado in the order is obviously fairly plain to see.
The Orioles will try to salvage a game in this series this afternoon at Globe Life Park. Yefry Ramirez gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ newly-signed Drew Hutchinson. Game time is set for just after 3 PM.