Dylan Bundy went seven strong innings, striking out eight while allowing just one run, and Adam Jones and Chris Davis hit their first home runs of the season as the Orioles won 3-1 to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Player of Game:
Dylan Bundy who tied a career high in innings pitched and set a career high with 99 pitches thrown.
– Went 7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K on 99 pitches.
– Dylan Bundy came out smoking in the 1st inning using a 93-95 MPH fastball, a 77 MPH hammer curve, and sharp late breaking slider 86-87 to strike out the side. I three were swinging strike threes, one on the curveball, and Donaldson and Bautista on sliders.
– Toronto strung together three straight singles in the 3rd to score a run despite only one of the singles being hit hard. Bundy came back and struck out Donaldson and got Bautista to line out to end the threat. 1-0 Toronto.
– Bundy was at 58 pitches after a 1-2-3 4th.
– Despite being down to 89-90 MPH in the 7th inning, Bundy used 10 pitches to get the Blue Jays 1-2-3 to end his night.
Highlighted hitting moments:
– With two outs in the bottom of the 3rd 0-1, Adam Jones deposited a 93MPH inside fastball from Happ into the first row of the left field stands for a 2-1 lead for the Orioles.
– After watching strike three in his first AB, Chris Davis jumped on a 1st pitch low and in 89 MPH fastball and sent it into the Orioles bullpen where Darren O’Day made his 1st home run catch of the season. 3-1 Orioles.
Highlighted pitching moments:
– In the bottom of the 6th, Bundy won a 10-pitch battle with Kendrys Morales by striking him out with a 93 MPH fastball on his 88th pitch of the game.
– After allowing a lead off ground rule double to start the 8th, Brad Brach then induced a pop out to catcher and two strike outs to end the threat.
– Zach Britton struggled with his command in the 9th, loading the bases with two singles and walk with just one out. After getting ahead 0-2, Steve Pearce worked the count back to 2-2 before grounding a 97 MPH sinker to JJ Hardy for a 6-4-3 DP to end the game!
Highlighted defensive plays
– Trey Mancini came in on a dying quail and fired a one hop strike to home. Although the throw was late, it was a solid throw with good carry.
– After Jones homered, Manny Machado slammed a long fly ball to straight away center but Kevin Pillar went back and made a tremendous catch at the fence saving an extra base hit. Pillar wasn’t done with his defense when he threw out Welington Castillo trying to stretch a single into a double with a nice throw to 2nd.
– In the 5th, Machado saved a probable double when he robbed former teammate Steve Pearce by jumping in the air and snaring an absolute rocket for out number one.
– With bases loaded in the 9th, Castillo made a nice backhanded dig of a 97 MPH Britton sinker to save a run.
– Castillo called another fantastic game.