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Orioles win 5-1 over Indians behind Dylan Bundy's stellar outing

Birds snap four-game losing streak

May 18, 2019 - 12:39 am
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By Jake McDonnell

On Friday night the Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 to reach 15-29 on the 2019 season.

The Birds rebounded from a painful 14-7 Thursday loss behind the arm of Dylan Bundy, who put together one of his best starts in recent memory. Some concerns regarding Bundy’s velocity popped up during his May 11 start against the Angels. On Friday night Bundy threw 118 pitches over 5.2 innings, with an average fastball speed of 90.2 MPH and a high of 93 MPH.

"Not sure if the velocity was up any higher or not tonight, I don't really care," Bundy said after the game. "Just try to make your pitches and throw quality strikes." 

The uptick in velocity was nice to see, but even better was how good Bundy looked against the Indians lineup. Cleveland’s offense mustered just one unearned run against Bundy on Friday, resulting from a Jonathan Villar fielding error in the second inning. Villar committed a second error in the sixth inning that caused Bundy to come out of the game one out shy of a six-inning performance. But Villar’s second slip-up didn’t turn into any Cleveland runs, and Bundy was on the way to his second win of the season with seven strikeouts racked up in the effort.

"Bundy pitched around an error early and I just loved the way he pitched tonight," manager Brandon Hyde said during his postgame interview with Jim Hunter. "He used every part of the strikezone, he was unpredictable, but his off-speed stuff was so good that it made his fastball even sneakier. He just did a great job of pitching to a good left handed-hitting lineup." 

Villar didn’t have the best night with his glove, but he made up for it with his bat. Minutes after the Indians went up 1-0 due to Villar’s first error, the Orioles infielder drilled a three-run home run to right-center field to put the Orioles up 3-1. Stevie Wilkerson’s bat added the final two Baltimore runs when the center-fielder hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and a double in the fifth inning that plated Trey Mancini.

Wilkerson has gone yard twice in the last five games and his batting average is up to .292. His play in center isn’t in-line with what you would expect from an everyday outfielder, but during his postgame interview with Sara Perlman. Wilkerson said that he’s feeling better in center each day.

Austin Wynns joined Wilkerson in the two-hit department during Friday’s action. Brandon Kline, Scott Armstrong and Mychal Givens worked the final 3.1 innings after Bundy’s exit. Armstrong and Givens each worked an inning with two strikeouts, while Kline needed just 12 pitches to record the first four outs following Bundy’s departure.

Up Next: The four-game series from Progressive Field continues tomorrow with first pitch slated for 4:10 p.m. The matchup on the mound will be John Means (5-3, 2.33 ERA) vs. Adam Plutko. Plutko will make his first major league start of the year after beginning the season on the injured list with a right forearm strain. In 2018 Plutko went 4-5 with a 5.28 ERA over 12 starts.