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O’s Dominate White Sox Behind Bundy’s Complete Game

May 25, 2018 - 9:38 am

By Joe Schiller

After dropping the last two games against the White Sox in disappointing fashion, the Baltimore Orioles desperately needed a win to split the four-game series. They answered, putting together a complete performance on both sides of the ball in utter domination over the opponent.

Backed by a masterful performance from Dylan Bundy and an early offensive explosion, the Orioles cruised to a 9-3 win in Chicago on Thursday night.

Bundy (3-6) was practically unhittable. He tossed his first complete game of the season, allowing just three earned runs on two hits, along with striking out a career-high 14 batters.

Bundy became the fastest Orioles starting pitcher to reach 300 career strikeouts, a record that bodes well for the young 25-year old. Even among inconsistencies this season, when he’s at his best, Bundy is the best pitcher in the rotation.

While Bundy posted a career performance, the opposition didn’t. Lucas Giolito was roughed up by the Orioles’ lineup, allowing seven earned runs in just 1.1 innings pitched. A slew of walks loaded the bases in the first inning and the White Sox quickly fell behind 4-0.

Trey Mancini and Adam Jones smacked back-to-back homers one inning later to extend the lead and offensive outpour continued. RBI singles by Manny Machado and Pedro Alvarez put the Orioles up 9-0 in just the third inning, which is all they needed on the scoresheet.

With ample run support, Bundy settled in and looked comfortable on the mound. The only falter came off a three-run home run by Jose Rondon but the lead was insurmountable at that point. Bundy has been helped by the highest average run support total among the rotation (5.9), a number that will continue to be the key to his success moving forward.

The Orioles wrap up their road trip with a three-game division stint in Tampa starting tonight. A starter has yet to be announced by Buck Showalter but the bats will look to get going against Sergio Romo (1-0) with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. from Tropicana Field.