As we slowly inch our way towards the best time in the sports calendar, once again, last night was a slow night. However, for the homers, there was still some hometown fun.
- Last night showcased a premier pitching performance from Dylan Bundy. Coming off of eight days rest, Bundy threw a strong eight innings only giving up one run, which happened to be unearned. The Orioles plated seven runs, with everyone contributing. All nine starting Orioles collected at least one base hit on the way to a 7-2 victory.
- Obviously the big question here is when will Dylan Bundy be shut down? For O’s fans that have been following the days in between starts have continued to grow for Bundy, which is smart. After 109.2 innings pitched last season, he has now reached 127.1 innings pitched for this season. I would imagine that with 56 games remaining on the schedule, we could see Bundy for four to five more starts, topping off around 160 innings pitched this season, ending his season right around Labor Day Weekend.
- Last night also featured the debut of Tim Beckham in an Orioles uniform. Collecting two hits in his first start, Beckham looked like he fit comfortably in the Orioles lineup. In the field, although a quiet night, it looked a bit shaky. While showing some range, the off balance throw to second to try and turn a double play in the second inning was a bit worrisome. Let’s chalk it up to nerves. What I did find interesting is that Roch Kubatko tweeted yesterday, “Bone has healed in Hardy’s wrist. Just needs to build up strength. Buck thinks he will be ready the 18th. Told JJ he’s the shortstop.” It will be interesting to see how Buck plays the lineup heading down the stretch.
Like I said, slow day in the world of sport. Tonight however, we get the debut of Jeremy Hellickson in an Orioles uniform. This will be the first time he has pitched in ten days, should be interesting to check out. Go O’s.