The Baltimore Orioles headed north to Clearwater for the first time this spring to take on Philadelphia. Dylan Bundy got his first start of the spring, and he put up some halfway decent results. Bundy’s line: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
The four hits over two innings might be a bit concerning, but you have to remember that this was Bundy’s first start of the spring. However the Orioles (and Bundy) were able to minimize the damage, which in my view is as big a deal as anything else. Pitchers are going to get themselves in trouble. The good ones will find ways out of it. Bundy addressed the hits he surrendered following the game:
Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
You don’t want that to happen during the season, so yeah, get them out of the way when you can.
Joey Rickart scored on a fielder’s choice in the second inning, which gave the Birds an early lead. Austin Wynns would add a sac fly-RBI later in the inning, and the Orioles handed Bundy a 2-0 lead. However Bundy’s one surrendered run came on the heels of this, and on a sac fly-RBI by Listi. Again, you get guys on base and things can happen.
However the Orioles weren’t about to be outdone. Alcides Escobar added an RBI-single in the third. The teams would swap runs in that third with Gosselin’s RBI-double in the last of the inning. However Yusniel Diaz’s RBI-double in the fifth would extend their lead to 4-2. A moment later Rickart would add an RBI-single, giving the O’s a 5-2 lead.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, this will go down as another spring game blown by the bullpen. Hall’s two-run homer in the last of the ninth tied the game at 5. And that’s how it ended. So not a loss, but certainly not a win.
The O’s will be in a split squad situation tomorrow, with game one at Ed Smith Stadium against Tampa. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s (his maiden voyage of the spring), and Tampa is yet to name a starter. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.