Bundy sets infamous record - the ugly facts of his no-out, four-homer start - BaltimoreBaseball.com
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Bundy sets infamous record — the ugly facts of his no-out, four-homer start

Photo credit: Joy R. Absalon

Dylan Bundy is alone in infamy after Tuesday’s start.

He has surpassed every major league pitcher in history in one dubious stat. And he has bested Kurt Birkins and Russ Ortiz in another.

Yes, it has gotten that bad in Birdland.

You’ve been warned. Read carefully.

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Bundy faced seven Kansas City Royals in his start Tuesday night. He retired none of them. Not one out.

He also allowed four homers – marking the first time in modern baseball history that a pitcher has allowed four homers without retiring a batter.

Starter, reliever, it doesn’t matter – no one has ever given up four bombs in one game without getting at least one out, dating back to 1908, the beginning of Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index.

So, Bundy is in the history books alone.

Here’s what happened:

After a Jon Jay single, Bundy allowed a two-run homer to Jorge Soler, a solo shot to Mike Moustakas and another solo homer to Salvador Perez. He then walked Lucas Duda and Whit Merrifield before surrendering his historic fourth homer to Alex Gordon.

He was then pulled by manager Buck Showalter after just 28 pitches (13 for strikes).

Bundy’s line: 0IP, 5H, 7ER, 2BB, 0K, 4HRs. His ERA jumped from 3.76 to 5.31.

Here are some more infamous factoids to consider:

Bundy holds the record, but 10 pitchers – three starters – have allowed three homers without recording an out since 1908. Two were Orioles: Pedro Viola in the seventh inning of a game in 2011 and Mike Trombley in the eighth in 2000. Both were against the Boston Red Sox.

Tuesday marked the 32nd time an Oriole starter has allowed at least one earned run without recording at least one out in an outing. The most recent was lefty Kurt Birkins on Sept. 15, 2007. He gave up six earned runs at Toronto in that start. The previous year it occurred at Tampa Bay, with Orioles starter Russ Ortiz yielding six runs without an out. Before that, you’d have to go back to Anthony Telford in 1990 – he, too, gave up six runs without an out.

The seven runs yielded by Bundy last night ties the Orioles record for a no-out start. Right-hander Joe Coleman also gave up seven runs without registering an out in an 11-3 loss at Cleveland on July 6, 1954 – the Orioles’ inaugural season. Coleman gave up five hits, two walks and one homer.

Bundy is in some good franchise company as far as allowing earned runs without retiring a batter in a start. World Series hero Scott McGregor did it the most times – 4 – as an Oriole, and Dave McNally, Dennis Martinez and Mike Cuellar all did it twice, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

The most runs ever allowed in major league history without an out occurred on Aug. 18, 1951 when Detroit reliever Frank Borowy permitted nine runs to the St. Louis Browns. Two starters have allowed eight runs in a no-out first inning: Cincinnati’s Paul Wilson (2005) and Oakland’s Blake Stein (1998).

One last thing: Bundy’s -19 Game Score is the worst since Oakland’s Mike Oquist had a -21 on Aug 3, 1998 against the New York Yankees. Oquist allowed 14 earned runs in five innings in that game.

35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. ubetonit

    May 8, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    There isn’t one aspect of beisbol that the O’s excel at now – not even HR’s. They are so bad that their starting pitching might be the best thing they have The other aspects are even worse.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 8, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      It’s hard to separate. Really.

  2. Steve Cockey

    May 8, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Please tell me that something’s up with Bundy physically. That’s probably the only thing that’ll make me feel better at this point.

  3. Birdman

    May 8, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    In his last 9.0 innings, Bundy has given up 23 hits and 19 earned runs – there must be a physical problem.

    On the bright side, Chris Davis raised his BA to .174, and Caleb Joseph is up to .169

  4. Djowen

    May 8, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Dan is this right? “Tuesday marked the 32nd time an Oriole starter has allowed at least one earned run without recording an out. The most recent was lefty Kurt Birkins on Sept. 15, 2007. ” Tillman gave up 2 runs before an out in his last start.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      For the entire start. No outs.

  5. OrangeBird21

    May 8, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Jon Jay actually singled to lead off the game, not walked

  6. JerseyOsFan

    May 8, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    A microcosm of the season.. at least Canadian Football preseason kicks off at the end of the month! (or for the more local people, it’s still hockey season.)

    • Dan Connolly

      May 8, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Is CanadianFootball.com taken?

  7. Mau

    May 8, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    How low will they go? Surely someone can best this record of Bundy. I imagine the fans who paid to get in were pissed. Down 7-0 before you get to your seat with hot dog in hand.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 9, 2018 at 1:23 am

      Good news. Not a whole lot of people out there to be ticked.

  8. Schwarzstop

    May 8, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Ugh! I’ve been an Oriole fan my whole life… that’s 59 years! I’ll stick with my Birds, but Ugh!

  9. ubetonit

    May 9, 2018 at 12:15 am

    O’s are at 22.9% clip which translates to 37-125. I suppose they could end up with more wins 45 /50 let’s say b/c that’s beisbol. But they are so awful that 37-125 is a hard slap of reality.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 9, 2018 at 1:24 am

      Yeah. That’s not gonna happen. 100 losses is hard to do. 125?

      • ubetonit

        May 9, 2018 at 9:06 am

        In order to avoid 100 losses, they will have to go 55-72.

  10. woody

    May 9, 2018 at 5:41 am

    The silver lining, I suppose, is that they’re so bad that they can’t do more long term damage. This year they aren’t going to go into trade deadline with a sniff of playoffs and deal away cash or prospects that ultimately costs the franchise. Now there will be a fire sale of Machado, Britton, Brach – maybe even Jones if he wants out. It’s certain that the prospects they’ll get for this won’t be ready to help a winning team in 2019. So Trumbo, O’Day, Schoop – may as well deal them too. In fact – you can’t say that anybody is off the table.

    I feel sad for many of the players, Buck, DD, as we’ll never know what would have happened in 2018 had we been at full strength. But this team is now completely screwed. Even when we’ve been winning the past couple of years its been ugly to watch. Time to go full rebuild and be the best we can be 4 years from now.

  11. johninbethany

    May 9, 2018 at 7:22 am

    At this point the only thing to look forward to is what trades the O’s make. Let’s hope that doesn’t turn into a major disaster either.

  12. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 9, 2018 at 7:30 am

    What amazes me is how many of you stayed up until this game was over to comment on this site. I was in bed before the 10th run crossed home plate.

    I’m so depressed. Does anybody know of any tall bridges in Northern Virginia?

    • deqalt

      May 9, 2018 at 7:44 am

      Your a bigger fan then ,me. Once Mike Wright came in I had to watch The Voice with my wife. It’s gonna be a long summer.

      Also please tell me the rumors of a a possible Manny to Cubs trade is untrue. I don’t want Addison Russell for the next 4 years.

  13. Bancells Moustache

    May 9, 2018 at 8:05 am

    That’ll teach us the compliment a guy; how what was it 2 weeks ago where we were comparing Bundy with Palmer and Moose? Now not only is it possible Bundy doesn’t turn out to be a front-line starter, he may very well be another Mike Wright Jake Arrieta type flameout candidate. That might seem extreme but can you really tell me I’m wrong?

    This season is like watching ‘The Passion of the Christ’. You sit there wincing and how awful it is to watch and then you realize ‘damn this is on for 2 more hours?’

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 9, 2018 at 8:35 am

      I believe I went to bed 30 minutes into the POC as well …

  14. Rusty Trumbo

    May 9, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Well Trumbo is hitting – maybe we can dump that contract in July?
    There’s a sort of, maybe positive(?)

    • Jbigle1

      May 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Unless Trumbo starts hitting 40 hrs no one is taking him. He still has a 0:7 B.B:K Ratio. He’ll be in Baltimore until his contract is up. Unless we do something cheap to save money like package him with givens. I really hope
      Not.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 9, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Ya know, I’m kind of sick of defending that contract. If he hits close to what he did in 2016 it’s a reasonable deal. If he repeats 2017, it’s not

  15. Ezrine Tire Award

    May 9, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I haven’t watched a game since the Boston series. What’s the strategy for a team that has lost the season this early Danno?

  16. willmiranda

    May 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Hi, Dan. Just thought I’d let you know I’m still dropping in, but feel no need to pile on.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Excellent Will. We don’t want to lose you. Even if the Orioles are trying to.

  17. mlbbirdfan

    May 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Never give Bundy five days rest. Never!
    Check the data.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      I put the stats on the most recent thread. Does not really substantiate your insistence. He’s actually best on 6+ days rest.

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