Right according to plan, the Orioles allowed Dylan Bundy to go four innings for the first time this season. Bundy responded by once again not allowing any baserunners.
Pitching for low Class A Delmarva, Bundy threw four perfect innings in the Shorebirds 4-2 win over the Greenville Drive on Tuesday night. It was the third time in four starts that he's not allowed a baserunner. The only hitter to reach on Bundy this year is Hagerstown's Billy Burns who walked in the final inning of Bundy's previous start. Bundy has struck out 21 of the 40 batters he's faced.
Not surprisingly, Bundy is the only minor leaguer with 10 or more innings pitched who has not allowed a hit this year. The Orioles' plan is to gradually lengthen Bundy out with the intention of getting him two more starts where he is limited to four innings, followed by several starts where he is then limited to five innings. According to Orioles' pitching coordinator Rick Peterson, the plan is to have him stretched out in the later half of the year where he can throw a normal workload–where he's given roughly 100 pitches to go as deep in a game as he can.
Bundy's mound opponent, Red Sox 2011 first-round pick Matt Barnes, was almost as impressive. Barnes struck out nine in five scoreless innings of work. Unlike Bundy, Barnes did allow five baserunners, but his ERA remains a perfect 0.00 after 21 innings of work.
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