Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dylan Bundy Stifles Pirates in 7-5 Baltimore Win; Jakob Junis Perfect as Royals Down Padres

Players of the Day for Monday, March 12, 2018

Grapefruit League
Bundy: 5IP, 1ER, 5K

Inconsistent pitching plagued the Baltimore Orioles all of last season, as they fell off the pace in the AL East late in the season, eventually fading to last place, 18 games behind the division-winning Red Sox.

The O's are still looking to fill out their rotation, but they have their ace in Dylan Bundy, who turned in a solid five innings to get his first win of the Spring in a 7-5 victory over the Pirates.

Bundy scattered seven hits and allowed just one run over five full innings, striking out five without walking a batter. Bundy gave up the sole run in the first, but the Orioles rallied for five runs in the fourth inning, adding another in the fifth and two more in the eighth

to secure the victory.

Going 13-9 for a last-place team in 2017, Bundy has the tools and credentials to make him Baltimore's ace heading into the new season. Keven Gausman could also be considered the #1 starter for Baltimore, as he threw more innings than Bundy (186-169), but he was just 11-12.

Junis: 4 IP, 0 H, 7K
Cactus League

After a very successful debut in 2017, Kansas City hurler, Jakob Junis got in a quality outing, leading the Royals to a 4-0 whitewash of the San Diego Padres.

Junis tossed four perfect innings, fanning seven, to earn his first win of the Spring season. The Royals got a solo homer in the second from all-star catcher Salvador Perez and a three-run double off the bat of Michael Saunders in the third, which proved to be more than enough for Junis and a quartet of relievers who allowed just two hits over the final five innings.

As a rookie last season, Junis started 16 games, compiling a 9-3 record with a 4.20 ERA, certainly good enough to keep his spot in the rotation with the expectation of better things to come from the 6'2" right-hander.

The Royals have had an up-and-down preseason, winning eight against nine losses in the Cactus League. They are currently four games behind the league-leading Cubs with a slew of teams in front of them.

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