Wow, we weren’t expecting this: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are calling up Dylan Bundy.
At the end of August the Orioles made up their minds to send Bundy to the instructional league and to not make him a part of their September callups. But when you play a ton of close games and then throw in an 18-inning affair like they played last night, the pitching gets taxed. Between a tired staff, a playoff push and a rested phenom, just sitting there and waiting to be used, it makes perfect sense that Bundy is getting the call.
Bundy played on three different levels in his first professional season. He obliterated low-A hitters, allowing only five hits and zero earned runs — I repeat, zero earned runs — in 30 innings. High-A was a bit more of a challenge, but the 19 year-old still posted a 6-3 record with a 2.84 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 54 innings. In double-A Bundy made three starts, winning two of them and allowing six earned runs in sixteen and two-thirds while striking out 13. His control was a but shaky, relatively speaking, once he started facing the older hitters.
His role with the big club: likely limited relief pitching. The O’s arms need a break. And the future of the franchise is there to give it to them.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.