If it begins and ends with starting pitching, Dylan Bundy put the Baltimore Orioles right where they needed to be yesterday on Memorial Day. Bundy’s line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Over the “late” seven-game losing streak, there were times the O’s did get quality starts. They just couldn’t muster runs.
Yesterday was in essence no different, as the O’s only put three on the board. But when your starting pitching limits the opponent to two runs, that’s going to be a win every time. With the victory, the Birds perhaps restored some semblance of normalcy to the universe.
The O’s took the lead right off the bat when Mark Trumbo smacked a first inning RBI-single. However keep in mind that losing streaks don’t go quietly. They usually go kicking and screaming. The following inning, Bundy hit Castro with the first pitch. It was unintentional, but it led to the game being tied.
But while you don’t want to lead off an inning in that manner, it’s not squarely on Bundy. Judge proceeded to fly out to right field. However both Trumbo and Rickart were converging on the ball, and Rickart didn’t call for it until well after he should have. Trumbo ended up catching the ball, and the two almost collided. But that slight miscommunication allowed Castro to tag up and go to second base – moving into scoring position.
Castro would go to third on a subsequent single, and Hicks’ sac fly-RBI would later tie the game. If not for that slight hesitation by Rickart and Trumbo, he would have never been in scoring position to begin with. Little mistakes can often turn into runs in games, but luckily Bundy minimized the damage.
However the Orioles took the lead back on a two-RBI single by Schoop in the last of the third. And after that Bundy shut New York down – save for a solo homer by Judge in the seventh. But the likes of O’Day and Brach closed the door in the eighth and ninth, allowing the Orioles’ ‘pen to function as it’s supposed to. Again with the win, the O’s snapped a seven-game losing streak.
After the game Bundy said that it’s all about competing and putting your team in a spot to win. And he couldn’t be more on point (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):
I mean, I just go out there and try to pitch my game and stick to my strengths and compete. And just keep the team in the game and we were able to do that today. I don’t know if we had to have a win today, but, yeah, you want to win every single day. You know, we were scuffling for a week or so or two weeks. But we’re ready to play every single day, so we’ll be ready tomorrow.