Dylan Bundy couldn’t make it through the fifth inning of Monday’s start against the Indians, serving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Vidal Nuno relieved Bundy but couldn’t stop the bleeding, allowing five more runs while recording only two outs. The Orioles fell behind 11-0 after six innings.
As Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports, the Orioles set a new American League record by allowing five or more runs in 16 consecutive games. They’re four games shy of matching the Phillies, who accomplished the feat in 20 consecutive games in September 1924.
The Orioles entered Monday’s action with the AL’s worst rotation ERA at 5.46, trailing only the Reds at 6.09. Among AL teams, only the Athletics (369) gave up more runs than the Orioles (358) coming into Monday’s games.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.