In his fifth start of the season, Dylan Bundy finally got his first win. And although Bundy may have gotten the first out of the game on a three-pitch strikeout, this one did not start out pretty.
With one out in the first, Chance Sisco could not snag a Jason Kipnis foul ball near the Orioles dugout, sliding near the railing as the ball bounced on the warning track and into the stands. Chris Davis hardly moved on the play, watching from nearby first base. Kipnis would make good on his second chance after that missed foul ball, singling into right field through the shift. Jose Ramirez followed with a walk and then Michael Brantley singled to center, loading the bases for Edwin Encarnacion. Bundy proceeded to clip Encarnacion just barely with a pitch on the elbow, forcing in a run and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. Yonder Alonso then flied out and Roberto Perez struck out swinging to end the inning and minimize the damage.
The Orioles proceeded to go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first.
In the second inning, Orioles rookie catcher Sisco was involved in another failed pop-up play. This time the ball was popped up about halfway down the third base line, with Bundy and Sisco both seeming to look at each other before Tim Beckham flew in from third base just a split second too late, corralling the ball on one hop.
The Orioles got lucky with that miscue since the ball was ruled foul, even though replays seemed to show the opposite. The batter, Tyler Naquin, would reach base on an infield single but was later eliminated trying to steal second base, helping Bundy get out of the inning unscathed.
Tim Beckham walked in the bottom half of the second inning, representing the Orioles’ first base runner of the night. But he would be stranded on base when Anthony Santander struck out looking to end the inning.
From the third inning on, Bundy was locked in. He retired nine of the next twelve batters, allowing only two hits and one walk from the third through the sixth.
The Orioles got their first hit and their first run in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Manny Machado, tying the game at 1-1. Indians starter Trevor Bauer came middle-in with a four-seam fastball that was lined over the wall in straight away center field. The ball traveled 409 feet and was measured at an exit velocity of 109.6 mph.
The Orioles’ bats made some noise again in the bottom of the fifth. Chance Sisco got on base to start the inning when he was hit on the toe by a 77 mph knuckle curve. Luis Sardinas followed with a single to right, moving Sisco to third. Then Trey Mancini came to the plate and mashed a two-run double to the left center field gap, scoring both Sisco and Sardinas to put the O’s up, 3-1. Pedro Alvarez then struck out swinging before Machado was intentionally walked and Adam Jones grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Bundy spent most of the night working in the 90-92 mph range with his fastball, and he was able to throw some real quality sliders for strikes. Coming into the game, Bundy had an impressive 35% swinging strike rate on his slider for the year. Bundy’s final pitching line for the night was one run on five hits and two walks in six innings with 9 strikeouts.
Richard Bleier came on to replace Bundy in the top of the seventh inning, pitching two scoreless innings on 19 pitches with one hit, one walk and one strikeout.
With the Indians threatening in the seventh, Manny Machado made a beautiful play to end the inning. With runners on first and third with two outs, Jose Ramirez hit a ground ball up the middle that looked like it was heading into center field. But Machado made a diving stop ranging to his left and threw a one-hop back-hand toss from the ground to Luis Sardinas for the force at second.
Unfortunately, there was also a scary moment in the top of the eighth inning. Trey Mancini was sprinting full speed towards a ball in left field foul ground when he slid and banged his knee into the brick underneath the green wall padding. Trainer Brian Ebel and manager Buck Showalter immediately ran onto the field as Mancini winced in pain and grabbed his knee. After trying to walk it off and taking a warm up jog, Mancini was removed from the game and replaced in left field by Craig Gentry.
In the ninth inning the Orioles brought Darren O’Day on for the save. He promptly struck out Roberto Perez, who ended the night 0-4 with 4 strikeouts. Then O’Day hit Rajai Davis with a pitch, but bounced back for two quick outs, getting Brandon Guyer on a lineout to center and Francisco Lindor on a strikeout.
With a quality start by Dylan Bundy, some clutch hitting and a strong performance by the bullpen, the Orioles were able to snap a six game losing streak and start their homestand off on the right foot. They will look to keep their win streak going tomorrow in a 4:05 pm game where Chris Tillman will face off against Mike Clevinger.
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