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Dylan Bundy's struggles continue as Orioles fall 14-2 in series opener against the Rays

September 08, 2018 - 1:39 am

The Orioles have hit an unfortunate milestone in the 2018 season as they lose 14-2 in the series opener against the Rays. This loss is their 100th of the year, and they are the first team in the MLB to hit that mark. The next closest team is the Kansas City Royals, who are six losses away from 100.

Baltimore's 100th loss was a microcosm of their season: poor pitching and cold bats. Dylan Bundy took the mound for the Orioles, and he had one of his worst outings of the year. He went four innings allowing four hits and six runs en route to picking up his 14th loss of the season. Bundy's regression has to be a huge concern for Baltimore as he is seemingly not the same pitcher he was at the beginning of the year. Bundy has lost his command, which resulted in batters being able to have success against him. 

In the series opener against Tampa Bay, Bundy allowed two three-run homers. Nick Ciuffo hit one in the second, while Kevin Kiermaier another in the third. 

Sean Gilmartin took over for Bundy in the fifth, and he did not have an encouraging showing either. Gilmartin allowed a solo homer to Tommy Pham, which extended Tampa Bay's lead to 7. 

Baltimore responded with a two-run sixth inning as Joey Rickard hit a two-run homer.

After walking the bases loaded, Ryan Meisinger allowed a grand slam to Ji-man Choi. His home run extended Tampa Bay's lead to 11. 

The Rays would add three more runs in the seventh, and that would complete all the scoring for the night. The Orioles had another young pitcher make his major league debut, Luis Ortiz. However, he did not have an impressive start to his major league career that he was hoping for. Ortiz allowed three runs off of three hits, while also walking two batters. 

The Orioles' bats were completely neutralized by Blake Snell and the bullpen. In total, they struck out 15 times and only picked up six hits. Baltimore will be looking for revenge on Saturday night as David Hess is set to take the mound despite injuring his eye while attempting to catch a football during batting practice.