There will be a lot of anticipation for Dylan Bundy's first major league start Sunday as the Orioles go for the three-game sweep in St. Petersburg. “Kind of funny,” Showalter said. “The [next day's] starter leaves for the day game after the fifth ...and more »
The Oriolesâ€™ 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays was important in many ways. As a team built to win by outslugging opponents, the Orioles havenâ€™t been victorious in many low-scoring games.In fact, the Oriolesâ€™ win Saturday was just their third this season in 18 games when scoring two runs of fewer.
Rays left-hander Matt Moore nearly pitched as well as Orioles ace Chris Tillman, but J.J. Hardyâ€™s two-run homer off Moore wasÂ the difference.â€œNot very often a two-run homer stands up, but it did,â€ Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles have won six of their past seven, and those wins havenâ€™t been slugfests. All sixÂ were decided by two runs or less, and theyâ€™re averaging 3.8 runs in those wins.Keep in mind that four of those wins were against two last-place teams â€”Â the Rays and the Los Angeles Angels â€”Â but the Orioles are shedding their reputation as a team that has to pile up runs to win.After Tillman threw seven innings of one-run ball, Showalter had the luxury of bringing in All-Star relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, while clinging to a one-run lead.â€œThatâ€™s usually a product of the bullpen a lot of times,â€ Showalter said. â€œIt was tempting to let Chris go back out there but [Logan] Forsythe and [Evan] Longoria have had some success against him the fourth time around the order. Chris had done his job. Plus, we had two good options. Brad and Zach made it a lot easier.â€
ExcitementÂ building for Bundy's first startThere will be a lot of anticipation for Dylan Bundyâ€™s first major league start Sunday as the Orioles go for the three-game sweep in St. Petersburg.â€œKind of funny,â€ Showalter said. â€œThe [next dayâ€™s] starter leaves for the day game after the fifth inning. [Pitching coach Dave Wallace] makes them say, â€˜Hey, I'm leaving.â€™ He was real sheepish about it. Heâ€™s been asking, should I go to the bullpen or the dugout? Heâ€™s been in the dugout the past two days.â€
â€œI think weâ€™re all, I wouldn't say anxiously or whatever, just looking forward to [it],â€ Showalter said. â€œYou think about all the trials Dylan has fought his way through to get back to this opportunity tomorrow. So, regardless of what happens, itâ€™s got a lot of good things about it.â€How deep Bundy will go Sunday? He hasnâ€™t thrown more than three innings or 57 pitches in an outing this year. But Tillmanâ€™s deep start helped preserve the bullpen for Sunday, which is especially important since the Orioles might start a long reliever such asÂ Vance Worley or Odrisamer Despaigne in Tuesdayâ€™s game in New York against the Yankees.â€œWhether Dylan is pitching tomorrow or not, itâ€™s the big leagues. You got to try to win every day,â€ Showalter said. â€œRegardless of how it looks, the ramifications, it doesnâ€™t always end up that way.â€firstname.lastname@example.org/EddieInTheYard
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