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Bundy shines but O’s bats falter in 7-1 loss to Blue Jays

April 10, 2018 - 4:36 pm

By Joe Schiller

It’s taken no time for Dylan Bundy to find his form on the mound this season. His run support, however, has been a different story.

Bundy pitched another gem Monday night, allowing just two earned runs on four hits along with striking out 10 batters. It was his third quality start in three appearances, but a stagnant performance by the Orioles’ bats was the difference in a 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

It was a pitcher’s duel between Bundy and J.A. Happ throughout the majority of the night but each starter had their minor slip-ups.

Former Oriole Steve Pearce connected off a Bundy fastball in the top of the third inning to open up a 2-0 lead for the Blue Jays. It was Bundy’s only real blunder on the night as he dominated the rest of the Blue Jays’ batting order through seven innings.  

Baltimore’s lone run came off a Manny Machado solo home run in the bottom of the third inning but besides that, the batting order failed to provide a response against Happ on the mound.

The Orioles combined for six strikeouts through the first two innings and finished the night 0-12 with runners in scoring position. Slugger Chris Davis continued his struggles, going 0-4 from the plate and his frustrations were visible.

Trailing by just one run into the ninth inning, a Curtis Granderson walk and Josh Donaldson grand slam ended any hopes of a comeback bid for the Orioles.

Bundy continues to assert his dominance as the ace but ranks at the bottom of the rotation with an average of 2.3 runs of support this season.

The O’s will look to split the series tonight as Andrew Cashner takes on Aaron Sanchez at 7:05 p.m.