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Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Bundy closes 2018 with a quality start

Dylan Bundy closed a disappointing 2018 with the Baltimore Orioles in the same manner that he seemed to spend much of 2018. Bundy turned in a quality start, but yet the Birds managed to fall. Bundy didn’t get tagged with the loss mercifully, however he certainly pitched well enough for the team to have won. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

Bundy and Houston starter Verlander pitched to a scoreless tie through five innings. And that’s a testament to Dylan Bundy, to go toe-to-toe with one of the best pitchers in baseball over that period. However Bundy allowed a two-run homer to Springer in the sixth, giving Houston a 2-0 lead. Correa would tack on a solo homer, and the O’s trailed 3-0.

Bundy in essence threw two bad pitches. That’s the sad thing, and as I said it’s largely indicative of Bundy’s season (and that of other Orioles’ starters). There were numerous games this year in which the starting pitcher did exactly what he was supposed to do: put the team in a spot to win the game. In many cases pitching to a quality start. Only to lose or not get a decision. This season the margin for error was literally none. One bad pitch, and it seemed the Birds were doomed to failure.

The Orioles did battle back, however. DJ Stewart smacked a three-run homer in the last of the seventh which tied the game at three. Orioles fans should be excited at the prospect of Stewart in the lineup going into next year. He’s shown a lot of immediate promise both in the field and at the plate. He’s definitely someone to watch in Sarasota next year.

However Houston also showed why they’re the defending champions. Correa haunted them again in the eighth after a two-out walk, smacking an RBI-double. The Orioles threatened in the ninth, however Houston came up with a big double-play and then a strikeout to end the game. However it shouldn’t go unnoticed that these Orioles played Houston tough once again, taking them all the way to the end of the game.

Does that mean anything in the here and now? Not in the least. This season’s realistically been over since mid-May. However it does say something going into next season. Obviously it remains to be seen how the roster is made up and who’s leading the team in the dugout, but the spirits remain strong.

The series will continue in the blink of an eye with Game Two of this traditional doubleheader at Camden Yards. Yefry Ramirez gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. The game starts…let’s just say in short order!

Baltimore Orioles: Sloppy defense grants the lead, and takes it back

The Baltimore Orioles couldn’t hold on last night against Toronto. They had the game in essence won behind starter Dylan Bundy, but the bottom fell out and it turned into a loss. And a record-setting loss at that; no other Orioles’ team has lost 108 games. Bundy’s line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 6 K.

The O’s led early, as Cedric Mullins led off the game with a solo homer. In the fourth Mancini appeared out at home plate on a Valera sac fly attempt. However the play was overturned on replay, as the Toronto catcher blocked the plate and Mancini never had a shot at crossing. That gave the O’s a 2-0 victory.

Later in that fourth inning DJ Stewart got his first big league hit on a single to right field. It’ll go down as one of the most bizarre first hits in Orioles’ history, and one about which Stewart will probably jokingly tell his grandchildren one day. Two errors on the play later, not only had Chris Davis scored, but Stewart scored as well. Due to Toronto’s shoddy defense, the Orioles held a 4-0 lead.

But Toronto chipped away. Smith’s RBI-double in the fifth cut the lead to 4-1. One inning later Smoak’s RBI-groundout cut the lead to 4-2. Bundy started to tire in the seventh, almost out of nowhere. Unfortunately however, the Orioles couldn’t get him out of the game early enough. He loaded the bases, and was lifted.

However the base runners were still his responsibility. And a Steve Wilkerson throwing error allowed two runs to score, tying the game at four. Shoddy defense gave the Orioles part of their lead, and it also took it back. Gurriel’s subsequent two-RBI single gave Toronto a 6-4 lead, which turned into a 6-4 victory.

As I said above, this sets a record of the wrong kind for the Orioles. It was only a matter of time I suppose, however no Oriole team has ever lost 108 games plus. Now if there’s a silver lining anywhere, it probably forced their hand in rebuilding the way that they are. Had they ended up a run-of-the-mill 70-loss team, would they have been forced to do a total rebuild of this nature?

The O’s will try to salvage one game in this series this evening at Camden Yards. Jimmy Yacabonis gets the call for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Bundy’s quality start snaps losing streak

The Baltimore Orioles snapped yet another long losing streak last night, this time behind a quality start from Dylan Bundy. It was a welcome sight for the Birds to find themselves on top of a score after nine innings (or eight-and-a-half, needless to say), but also for Bundy to see himself in the win column. It was his first win since July. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 K.

The O’s appeared on a mission from the get go in this game, hoping not to get swept – this time at home. Tim Beckham‘s two-RBI single in the first gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Of course Beckham was also thrown out at second base trying to extend it into a double, but he did give the O’s the lead early. And it’s a good thing he did, because Piscotty’s solo homer in the second cut that lead to 2-1.

The O’s ran the lead to 3-1 in the fourth on an RBI-single by John Andreoli, followed by an RBI-single from Breyvic Valera. Oakland would plate two more runs over different innings, although most poignantly they cut the lead to 4-3 in the eighth when Olson walked with the bases loaded. That was the moment where you felt everything would come crashing down. And in fact, it almost did. However the O’s pitched out of the jam, leaving the lead at one.

And in fact, Jace Peterson would give them an insurance run with an RBI-double in the last of the eighth. That gave the O’s some breathing room, and they cruised to a 5-3 win. However the story of the game was Bundy, who was praised profusely by manager Buck Showalter after the game (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

That was fun to watch. He had a really good feel for his breaking ball. He just had the one pitch, I thought that he was trying to go down and away off the plate and he let it leak back enough over the plate. He’d like to have that one back. But I thought he had just a good feel for pitching.

He made them beat his breaking ball. He had a good breaking ball, he had good command of it and they didn’t seem like they were seeing it or following it. And he had two of them. Really happy for Dylan. I almost took him out after the fifth inning, just to give him a positive note, but he seemed to get a little better as the game went on.

It’s interesting that Showalter said he almost lifted Bundy after the fifth. While that certainly would have qualified him for the win, it wouldn’t have gone down as a quality start. And pitchers take a lot of pride in that overall.

The Orioles will remain at home tonight to open up a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox. Luis Ortiz will get the call for the Birds (in his first major league start), and he’ll be opposed by Chicago’s James Shields. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: In this game there are unwritten codes

The Baltimore Orioles lost their 100th game of the season last night in Tampa behind Dylan Bundy‘s latest lackluster starting outing. The story of the game and the loss? Walks. But there was seemingly a lot more than 100 losses to discuss. Bundy’s line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 BB, 3 K.

Bundy issued a two-out walk following a single in the second, and then proceeded to give up a three-run homer to Ciuffo. He also gave up two walks an inning later with two outs, and then gave up a second three-run homer to Kiermaier. That said, the O’s did appear to get out of the inning when they challenged what would have been the third out at first base. However the call on the field was upheld and the runner ruled safe – despite what the replays appeared to show.

Tampa would also get a grand slam after a couple of walks from Choi in the sixth inning. That wasn’t off of Bundy, but again the walks were the key. Nothing good ever happens after a walk. The lone Orioles’ runs of the game came on a two-run homer by Joey Rickard in the the top of the sixth.

Tampa led the Orioles 12-2 in the seventh inning. That game was over for all intents and purposes – right? Apparently not in Tampa’s mind. With a runner at third base, Ciuffo sent a foul pop down the left field line towards the Orioles’ bullpen. Left fielder John Andreoli hustled over and caught the ball. (Quite frankly, it was a long run for Andreoli and a great hustle – especially in a game that was basically over.) The runner from third tagged up and scored.

Anyone who’s read me knows that I do stand by baseball’s unwritten codes. You don’t manufacture a run when you’re up big (five runs plus) in the later innings (seventh inning or later). Personally I felt that was a run that didn’t need to cross the plate. I obviously don’t know if that directive came from the bench or if the runner tagged up on his own, however when you’re up by ten at that stage of the game it’s fairly poor form to tag up on a play like that.

Later in the inning Tampa netted their 14th run in what I would term similarly obtuse fashion. Smith appeared to ground out to first base with a runner at third to end the inning. (Incidentally, that runner was only at third base because he tagged up on the aforementioned sac fly-RBI when they were up ten.) However Tampa manager Kevin Cash decided to challenge the call. Replays appeared to show that at worst the ball and the runner tied in getting to first – which in theory would mean the runner was safe.

The call was overturned, giving Tampa their 14th run in a 14-2 game. Let’s be frank; there’s no old school unwritten rule about challenges in baseball because the instant replay system is only a few years old. But for the same reason you don’t tag up and score on a soft pop up when you’re up by ten, it’s probably pretty poor form to challenge a play to net yourself a 14th run – when you’re up by 11.

If the score’s 13-10 or something along those lines, I definitely would be challenging a close call like that. You have to play to the scoreboard, and quite frankly that’s something that Cash should have let go. And to the crowd out there who says that you never take your foot off the gas, or you never know if the opponent is going to put up eight or nine runs in an inning, or it’s not over until it’s over so you keep scoring, ask yourselves…would Buck Showalter ever pull stunts like that?

Piling on runs in that manner is designed to do one thing: embarrass the opponent. Or remove Buck from the equation all together; insert the name of any well-respected manager in baseball history. I’m talking the LaRussa’s, Torre’s, Francona’s, Weaver’s, etc. of the world. If a batter gets a base hit in a blowout and a run scores, that’s one thing. But I don’t see any of those managers, or Buck Showalter, doing something like that designed to run up the score.

One might say if you don’t want to be embarrassed, play better. Okay, point taken. But we all know that games like these happen. Both to good and bad teams. The Orioles beat Tampa 17-1 earlier in the season. But once it was evident that the game was out of hand, the Orioles didn’t try to manufacture runs. They may have scored on a base hit or something along those lines. But no tagging up, stealing, etc. And certainly no challenging a call to net one additional run.

To add injury to insult, tonight’s scheduled starter David Hess was apparently throwing a football around the outfield before the game, and got clocked in the face. The injury isn’t serious per se, but Hess was seen jokingly wearing an LSU football helmet on the bench during the game. Having said that, Hess’ status as tonight’s starter is now in question as a result. Talk about a team that can’t catch a break.

The series continues tonight at Tropicana Field. The aforementioned Davis Hess is currently scheduled to get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Diego Castillo. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Should Dylan Bundy have been traded?

Dylan Bundy had another rough night at the office for the Baltimore Orioles. Bundy’s line: 4.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Chalk it up as another case of a guy pitching-to-contact, and a team just raring to make contact. However needless to say, Bundy wasn’t fooling anyone.

The O’s found themselves behind from the outset when Morales smacked a first inning RBI-single. The Birds would tie it up in the second on Caleb Joseph‘s RBI-single, but that’s as close as they got. Diaz would homer in the last of the second, and McKinney’s two-RBI single in the fourth would break the game open at 4-1 in Toronto’s favor.

Tack on an additional run on a Nunez E5, and Bundy was really struggling. (Obviously the error wasn’t his fault, however when you have runners on base and the ball’s put in play that can often occur.) However on a bright note, Cedric Mullins would hit his second big league homer with a solo shot in the top of the fifth. But Toronto would counter with three solo homers in the last of that fifth inning, topping things off for Toronto’s victory.

Bundy now has an ERA of 5.31, and his record on the year falls to 7-12. Needless to say, Bundy’s struggled – big time. This season has probably been a step backwards in a sense for Dylan Bundy.

Prior to the trade deadline when the O’s were talking about selling, there was an idea of trading Dylan Bundy (like they did with Gausman). So…should that have happened? Did the Orioles miss an opportunity?

People who focus squarely on results are going to say of course they missed an opportunity. Maybe they did. However the fact is that the team needs starting pitching in the here and now. You aren’t going to blindly promote some of the pitchers they got in return in the various trades simply because you just got them in a trade.

However Bundy does need to find himself again. There’s approximately five weeks plus left in the season. He really needs to buckle down on himself and turn things in the right direction. Because otherwise I wouldn’t put it past the Orioles to have an open competition in spring training next year regarding the starting rotation. He also makes himself tougher to deal in the off season if the Birds go in that direction.

But I’m not going to blindly say that they should have traded him. Things might be worse now with someone else in that slot. We just don’t know. So it’s a tough sell to argue that the Orioles missed an opportunity. The fact is that they made a huge commitment to the fan base to rebuild. And they ripped apart the old team much quicker than most people would have thought. If they erred in not including Bundy in that, so be it.

The Birds will try to salvage one game in Toronto with tomorrow’s series finale at Rogers Centre. David Hess gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Thomas Pannone. Game time is set for just after 12:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall big to New York

The Baltimore Orioles’ string of luck so to speak against the New York Mets came to an end last night. And as has been the case with so many things this year, it seemingly happened in grandiose fashion. Dylan Bundy got knocked around a bit, and as we know it all begins and ends with starting pitching. Bundy’s line: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 5 K.

New York came out swinging, and for their sake it’s a good thing they did. After they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Adam Jones‘ RBI-single in the bottom of the inning brought the Orioles back to within one at 2-1. But that was as close as the Birds would get in the game. Bautista would add an RBI-single in the fourth, and Nimmo an RBI-double. An inning later Frazier would smack a solo homer, opening the game wide open at 5-1.

As if that wasn’t enough, New York put up a nine-run sixth inning. Yes folks, you read that right – a nine-run sixth inning. Whatever Oriole pitching was throwing up there, New York was hitting. It was capped off by a grand slam off the bat of Plawecki. You can chalk this up to it’s part of the rebuilding process, but nine-run innings are tough to come by.

The Birds however would come back – just a bit. Mark Trumbo‘s RBI-single in the seventh cut it to 14-2. An inning later Austin Wynns would add an RBI-double, and Jonathan Villar a solo home run. For what it’s worth, that was the 97th home run in the history of Camden Yards to make it onto Eutaw Street. However just for good measure, NY decided to tack on a three-run homer by Flores in the ninth, to run the final to 16-5. As I said, whatever Oriole pitching was throwing up there last night, New York was hitting.

The sad thing is that the Orioles did rattle New York’s starter (Wheeler) a bit in the first two innings. They got a few runners on base, and he appeared on the verge of potentially being on the ropes. At this point you can chalk that up to a lot of inexperienced players being in the lineup. And yes, that’s part of a rebuild.

However it’s also been the case for most of the season. Even when the Schoop’s and Machado’s of the world were with the Orioles, it seemed that the Orioles were in a sense letting opposing pitchers off the hook. Part of any sport is having the eye of the tiger. The good news now is that the eye of the tiger can be learned. But at some point along the way it seemingly went by the wayside.

Baltimore Orioles fall short despite Dylan Bundy’s strong outing

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.

Baltimore Orioles’ Dylan Bundy struggles and Minnesota squashes all rallies

Dylan Bundy struggled in his return to the Baltimore Orioles from the DL last night in Minnesota. Bundy’s line: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R (5 earned), 1 BB, 2 K. Bundy had command issues all night, in his first start in nearly two weeks since injuring himself running the bases in Atlanta. He left some pitches elevated, and Minnesota hitters took advantage of it.

The fact that Minnesota put a damper on almost every rally the Orioles attempted didn’t help matters. And it started literally on the first pitch, which Tim Beckham sent deep to center field – the deepest part of the park. It was a home run…until Minnesota’s Cave climbed the wall and brought it back in. That really set the tone for the game.

And as I’ve said before, your opponents always seem to get fat on what you leave behind. Or more specifically, they don’t let you off the hook. Minnesota put two runners on in the last of the first, and Dozier’s RBI-single scored a run. However Beckham couldn’t handle the throw from the outfield at third base, and the ball kicked into the dugout. This allowed another run to score, and Dozier to get to third base. He would later score on a Polanco RBI-single – which was hit against the shift.

And that’s another underlying theme for the Orioles defensively this year. They have to lead the league in having guys produce against the shift against them. These infield shifts are used because the spray charts on players league-wide indicate that they hit the ball to certain areas of the field more so than other places. But when they play the Orioles, somehow they’re able to work against those numbers and hit ’em where they ain’t.

Bundy would give up a two-run homer to Kepler and an RBI-single to Mauer in the fourth. However just prior to that the Birds had loaded the bases in the top of the inning, and Minnesota found a way out of the jam. And once again the Orioles paid for what they left behind. They would get an RBI-single from Chris Davis in the sixth, and another run on an error in the seventh.

However later in that seventh inning Tim Beckham was thrown out at home plate after being sent by Bobby Dickerson at third. It was a questionable decision by Dickerson, as it came on a medium-depth grounder to left field. But nevertheless, it was another example of Minnesota being able to stop an Oriole rally. The Birds would still find a way to get a couple of runners on base in the ninth, but again the rally fell short.

The Orioles are past the point where they were only getting two or three hits a game. They’re putting men on base, which is obviously a good thing. However they’re continually unable to get them home, save for the home run ball. And somehow opposing teams have all found a way to prevent that from happening so frequently. Again however, the fact that they appeared to have a home run on the first pitch and were robbed didn’t help matters.

The series continues this afternoon at Target Field. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.

Baltimore Orioles put Miami to sleep with the fishes

For the first time in however long, the Baltimore Orioles and Dylan Bundy got a lead and got some breathing room this afternoon against Miami. While Miami took the first two games of this series and for a brief moment appeared poised to make a comeback attempt in this one as well, the Birds were able to both add on and shut the door. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K.

Make no mistake about the fact that Bundy pitched better than his stat line indicates. He started to struggle in the sixth inning, allowing a few runs on a homer. However prior to that he dominated a Miami lineup that was quickly heating up. Not only that, but the Orioles put runs on the board behind him.

The O’s had two runners in scoring position in the second, and Jace Peterson‘s two-RBI double gave them a 2-0 lead. Make no mistake that was one of the big plays of the day. When you’re scuffling as a team and nothing’s going right for you, if you allow an opportunity like that early in the game to go by the wayside the here we go again mentality starts to creep in. And that’s not conducive to winning. Instead, the Orioles were able to get that clutch hit with RISP that had evaded them most of the season this afternoon.

One inning later Mark Trumbo added on a run with an RBI-double, on a ball that was equal parts almost caught, and almost a homerTrey Mancini would follow up later in the inning with an RBI-single, and the Birds were off to a 4-0 lead against the Fish. For once, the clutch hits just kept on coming for the Birds this afternoon.

But as I said, there was a brief period where Miami seemed curious to know if they could make a comeback attempt. That started with Bour’s home run in the top of the fourth. It was only a solo shot, but it was a homer none the less – and it got Miami on the scoreboard. However the Orioles would come back and then some, as Adam Jones‘ RBI-double ran the Birds’ lead to 6-1. And that was only in the fourth inning; the fans cheered when for the first time in a long time, the Orioles flashed on the scoreboard that fans could get half price Papa Johns pizza tomorrow since they scored more than five runs!

But there was more; Peterson smacked a two-run homer over the scoreboard in right field in the last of the fifth, and the route appeared to be on. But as I said above, one inning later Bundy started to struggle a bit. It always starts innocently enough, with a lead off base hit. A walk later, and Bundy had two runners on and nobody out. That brought Bour to the plate again, and he smacked his second home run of the game – this obviously of the three-run variety.

The O’s still held a four-run lead, but momentum briefly seemed to question which side it was on. I wouldn’t say it was ever with Miami, but as I said it questioned if it really belonged with the Orioles. But it did; Bundy got out of the inning, and left the game with a lead. Unfortunately however, the bullpen would immediately load the bases in the seventh with nobody out. Again, suspense hung in the air – but Mychal Givens pitched the Orioles out of that jam without surrendering a run, preserving the lead.

The O’s would plate two more runs before all was said and done; Trumbo on a solo homer, and Manny Machado with an RBI-single in the last of the eighth. End of the day, the final was 10-4. Just the type of win for which the Orioles had been looking for some time.

The Birds are off tomorrow before they head down the pike to Washington for a return engagement with the Washington Nationals. The hope is that this game wasn’t an anomaly. But time will tell. At least for now however, the Birds can at least relax this evening and tomorrow knowing that the got a win.

Baltimore Orioles squeezed in twelve by Boston

It would be easy to suggest that the Baltimore Orioles wasted yet another quality start, this time by Dylan Bundy. And in fact they probably did. However they matched one of the best teams in the league point-for-point through nine innings plus. They held a very potent offense down for some time, and in fact this game was the longest that Boston had gone without scoring a run. Bundy’s line: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

This is one of those games whereby it’s a shame that someone had to lose. Manager Buck Showalter hesitated to refer to Bundy as “elite,” but needless to say he was as good as he could be against a world class lineup (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I think we’ve all felt like that he could. I think he kind of sticks out sometimes as one of those guys who can do that. And much of it’s got to do with his mindset and just his presentation. That’s why you pitch guys like that on opening day.

A lot of people, ‘OK, the club is struggling and you’re facing the Red Sox.’ He wants that challenge, he doesn’t back off from it. He’s always had that kind of elite mindset that you look for in all players, especially guys you want to be taking the ball every fifth day in a meaningful situation. But regardless of what’s going on, he’s so self-driven. He’s a baseball player that’s a pitcher. That’s as big a compliment that I can give him.

Bundy never really found himself in any trouble out of which he had to pitch in this game. He was as elite as elite can be. He just didn’t get any run support. But again in fairness to the Orioles, neither did Boston.

The game quickly moved along and went into extra innings. Mychal Givens allowed a single and a double in the top of the twelfth, and then hit a batter. Two sac fly-RBI gave Boston two outs but also a 2-0 lead. Many fans were upset at Adam Jones throwing home on the first sac fly as opposed to hitting the cutoff man. In fact, it allowed another runner to get to third and to eventually score.

However while that’s a mistake that Jones has made on a semi-regular basis throughout his career, it also is one made out of a yearn to win. Furthermore that ball was only medium-depth in the outfield. If you have an outside shot at cutting down a runner in a game like that, I think you take it.

The series continues tonight at Camden Yards. David Hess gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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