Bundy lives up to hype by shutting down Suns

May 20, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • Delmarva's Dylan Bundy, the Baltimore Orioles' top pitching prospect and first selection in the 2011 draft, delivers a pitch against the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — If statistics mean anything, the Hagerstown Suns knew they needed to be near-perfect to have a shot against Dylan Bundy.

They weren’t … but Delmarva’s starting pitcher nearly was.

Bundy, the Baltimore Orioles’ top pitching prospect, coasted through five innings, allowing just one hit on the way to his first professional victory as the Shorebirds grabbed a 3-1 win over the Suns on Sunday before 1,991 fans at Municipal Stadium.

The 19-year-old right-hander retired the first 12 Suns he faced before Matt Skole broke the streak with a first-pitch double into the right-field corner leading off the fifth. It was the only hit Bundy allowed as he retired 15 of the 17 hitters he faced. He threw 58 pitches, 37 for strikes.

He was about as close to perfect as possible while the Orioles organization carefully navigates him through his first season. Bundy (1-0) kept his ERA at 0.00 after 30 innings over eight starts, including 40 strikeouts.

Suns starter Kyle Turnbull might have kept pace with Bundy, but the Suns didn’t exactly back him defensively in a game against a pitcher who has yet to allow an earned run.

The Shorebirds provided Bundy with a 2-0 lead in the second. Brenden Webb started the rally with a one-out double lined over the head of right fielder Steven Souza, before scoring on Gabriel Lino’s ground single to left that ticked off Skole’s glove as he ranged into the hole near short for a 1-0 lead.

Mychal Givens moved Lino to third with a single to right and took second when Souza bobbled the ball. Kyle Hoppy cashed in on the opportunity with an RBI groundout to first for the two-run lead.

Delmarva added an unearned run in the third. Sammie Starr led off with a single up the middle. After Starr stole second and took third on Nicky Delmonico’s groundout, second baseman Cutter Dykstra had trouble handling Jason Espinosa’s grounder, committing a two-out error to allow the run to score for the 3-0 lead.

The Suns broke the shutout after Bundy departed, scoring a run in the seventh against Delmarva reliever Williams Louico. Jason Martinson drew a leadoff walk, took second on a wild pitch and stole third to set up Souza’s one-out sacrifice fly to center to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Hagerstown nearly broke Bundy’s spotless streak twice in the game — the first time, the Suns were thwarted by a spectacular play.

J.P. Ramirez connected on Bundy’s 2-1 changeup with two outs in the second and drove it to the fence in right field. Webb robbed what would have been a sure home run by leaping and catching the ball over the fence.

The Suns got their only hit and threat against Bundy in the fifth with Skole’s leadoff double. Souza used a sacrifice bunt to advance Skole to third before Ramirez was hit by a pitch, but Hagerstown failed to push across a run.

Brett Newsome struck out and Cole Leonida hit into a fielder’s choice to end the threat and Bundy’s outing, which was only the second time he was eligible for a win because he completed five innings.

The Suns hit the ball against Bundy — just at people. Bundy retired the Suns with four strikeouts, six fly balls and five grounders.

Besides the run in the seventh, Delmarva’s bullpen locked down the Suns, allowing just two hits after Bundy left. Loucio allowed two hits and the run with a walk and two strikeouts over three innings before David Baker set the Suns down in order in the ninth for his first save.

Turnbull (1-3) also lasted five innings, allowing the three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Chris McKenzie went three innings and Aaron Barrett pitched the ninth, each allowing a hit.

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