Baltimore Orioles waste a good start by Dylan Bundy

The Baltimore Orioles got a solid start out of Dylan Bundy last night. In fact, his numbers in the game probably don’t do him as much justice as they could. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

I say all the time that pitchers will have three types of starts over the course of the season; 10 good, 10 bad, and 10 in-between. I’m not sure where this one would rank for Bundy (good or in-between), but the fact is that he turned in the definition of a quality start. And when you’re losing games that are quality starts, it’s really tough to point at pitching as the reason why.

In this case, the O’s actually had an early lead against New York in the Bronx. Jonathan Schoop smacked a two-run homer in the second inning which put the Birds ahead 2-0. At that point of course it appeared that it would be a good night for the Birds. Not to be in the end.

The one fatal flaw that Bundy showed was the inability to have a shutdown inning. The O’s took to the field in the last of the first, and Bundy promptly allowed the lead to be cut in half by giving up a solo homer to Castro. Later in the inning New York tied it on Headley’s sac fly-RBI. Now Bundy did limit the damage to just two runs, but when the offense only had two runs on the board at the time it’s like a game reset.

Hicks led off the sixth with a solo homer, which gave New York the lead for good. So Bundy did end up taking the loss, however without a doubt he pitched well enough to win. He just didn’t get the run support on this night.

Hicks would smack a second homer in the seventh, this one of the two-run variety. Holliday would also add an RBI-double, and Romine a two-RBI single in the last of the eighth. All in all, this spelled an 8-2 loss for the Birds in the Bronx.

Injuries are starting to turn into a problem for the Orioles, although they did get Jones back last night after he sat on Thursday in D.C. However Manny Machado remained out of the lineup last night after being accidentally spiked on Wednesday evening. At some point the Orioles would in theory have to make a decision to send him to the DL if he continually can’t play. He apparently felt a little better prior to last night’s game.

The O’s also had to send reliever Darren O’Day to the DL prior to the game, as he’s had continual shoulder soreness. The move is retroactive to Wednesday. However mind you that with O’Day down along with Britton, the O’s are now without two major pieces in their bullpen. Worth perpetual consideration.

The series continues this evening at Yankee Stadium. Chris Tillman will get the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Luis Severino. Game time is set for 7:15 PM.

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