Orioles' Bundy allows two homers to Rangers' Calhoun; Fry takes loss; Palmer misses game because of illness - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Bundy allows two homers to Rangers’ Calhoun; Fry takes loss; Palmer misses game because of illness

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BALTIMORE—Oriole starter Dylan Bundy was vexed by the Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun. Bundy allowed two home runs to Calhoun but left the game in the seventh with a two-run lead.

However, Paul Fry, who has had an awful week, couldn’t hold the lead and the Rangers beat the Orioles, 7-6, on Friday night.

Fry allowed all three runners he faced to reach base. Two of them scored, and he suffered his third loss in the last six days.

“The seventh inning was a rough one,” manager Brandon Hyde said.

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He did like how Bundy threw.

“He really just had a tough time with Calhoun,” Hyde said. “Besides that, I think he threw the ball great. Another good fifth and sixth, and left with the lead in the seventh inning with the bottom of the order coming up. We just didn’t get it done coming out of the ‘pen.”

Calhoun hit a solo shot in the first and a three-run homer in the third. His  second home run tied the score at 4. A two-run home run by Anthony Santander, his 18th, put the Orioles back in front, 6-4, in the fifth.

“It’s usually the same thing, pitches right down the middle,” Bundy said. “A slider trying to go backfoot and a heater trying to go up and in, just middle, middle. These guys can hit those pitches out. Just can’t throw it there.”

After the second home run, Bundy didn’t allow a runner in scoring position until Scott Heineman doubled to begin the seventh, and Fry replaced him.

Fry walked Ronald Guzman and Jose Trevino to load the bases. Shin-Soo Choo singled to score Heineman.

“Left, right, left, bottom of the order and [Fry] had a tough time finding the strike zone,” Hyde said. “Pretty good matchup for him there, and it just didn’t happen.”

Shawn Armstrong allowed a two-run single to Elvis Andrus, and the Orioles trailed, 7-6

Further damage was averted when Pedro Severino nailed Andrus trailing to steal. It broke a streak of 28 consecutive successful steals against Severino, who threw out his last runner on June 9. Severino threw out  Andrus after his two-run single.

Trey Mancini hit his 30th home run, his first in the last 20 games, with one out in the first, and Richie Martin hit a three-run home run, his fifth and first since June 25, with two outs in the second against Brock Burke.

“I was just fighting the whole at-bat and, luckily, I got a good pitch, 2-2 count and over the plate, and just put the barrel to the ball,” Martin said. “My job’s to get on base and just square the ball up any way I can. Fortunately, it happened to go out today.”

Martin, whose average was .166 at the All-Star break, is up to .200.

“I think Richie’s been swinging the bat off left-handed pitching,” Hyde said. “He got one on the barrel out front, which is great to see. Just missed a home run foul, then launches one in the stands in left-center. That was a big hit for us, a big hit for him. He hasn’t hit one in a while. I feel really good for him about that.”

In the eighth, the Orioles had runners on first and second against Rafael Montero. With two outs, Mark Trumbo pinch-hit for Severino and hit a fly ball to center.

In the ninth, DJ Stewart bunted for a base hit against the shift. It broke an 0-for-17 streak. Rio Ruiz walked against Jose Leclerc. Hanser Alberto bunted both runners over. Mancini struck out and Santander popped out to end the game.

“We’re facing some pretty good relievers — Montero and Leclerc, who have really good stuff,” Hyde said. “Mark just missed that ball. I’ll take second and third with one out and Trey up and Santander coming up any day of the week, It just didn’t happen tonight. We did a nice job of battling. We scored some runs and did some nice things offensively.”

Palmer’s absence: Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, who has long broadcast Orioles games, announced on Twitter that he’s suffering from myelitis.

Palmer wrote: “I’m out of the booth due to a rare infection in my spinal column caused by the Shingles virus. VERY thankful for O’s team docs and trainers who told me to get an MRI ASAP…showed Myelitis. I’m still watching O’s and tweeting with you!!!!”

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    September 7, 2019 at 8:15 am

    19 pitchers & you chose Fry, who unfortunately has been awful, go back to what I said about him managing a bullpen/pitchers…not good…go O’s…

    • willmiranda

      September 7, 2019 at 9:50 am

      And just when I thought Hyde was getting the hang of it. Ten straight balls to start. I haven’t been a promoter of the tanking theory, but if such a decision and pitch sequence happened in a serious game, gamblers would be investigated. I don’t know if it’s the analytic approach, but some people refuse to recognize a hot hand or, in this case, a dead cold one.

    • Ekim

      September 7, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      When I saw Fry coming in I yelled at the TV, “NO!” How could any sane person, or one with a modicum of common sense, bring Fry into another game with a lead. When he arrived at the mound his record, as a reliever, was one win and SEVEN losses… as a reliever! That is unbelievable! Either Hyde is brain dead or is getting direction from above (Elias?) to follow the metrics bible,(lefty,lefty matchup), or else. Somebody, please give me a reason for this madness… Just saying…

    • ClayDal

      September 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Only reason they brought in Fry was to face Guzmán and Choo-left handed hitters. Didn’t want to want to use Scott in a tight game and Blier had been pitching a lot lately. Fry had a few rough outings lately so they wanted to see if he made the necessary adjustments. If the game were important, they probably would have put in Harvey. He’s probably on an innings limit. This is September, this is audition time.

    • CalsPals

      September 7, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      He auditioned plenty…don’t give him the part…go O’s…

    • ClayDal

      September 7, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Blier has an ERA of 6.23, Fry is 5.08, and Scott is 4.91. Not exactly Zack Britton

  2. Baltimore Castaway

    September 7, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Wondering what Bundy”s trade value would be this off-season… I am pretty done w the delayed and tumultuous start of his career and his notable inability to adapt and succeed as a top Draft Pick… a totally wasted pick by the MacPhail regime..

    • Dominate The State

      September 7, 2019 at 10:57 am

      “Totally wasted pick”??? Typical second guessing/after the fact comment by a “fan”. This was the fairly obvious pick at that time.Arizona picked before the Orioles and took some heat(at that time)for taking Bauer over Bundy.It’s real easy now to be an armchair GM and say “They shoulda picked Rendon” or whoever.

    • Ekim

      September 7, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      On the subject of Bundy, on every game he pitches, my best friend and I pick the batter number who hits the first homer off him. Last night he picked the second batter while I said it would be the sixth. If either of us gets it right, the other has to pay $10. If neither gets it right, the one closet gets $5. Last night my friend picked the second batter so, now I owe him $5. As far as the season goes I’m $15 ahead. You gotta have some fun in a season like this! Just saying…

  3. Puyerunner

    September 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Trying to understand. Bundy has thrown 96 pitches, and we send him out to start the 7th. A double later, Fry is brought in. He hasn’t been effective in 4 of his last 5 outings. We’re up by 2. He walks the first batter he faces on four pitches. Severino makes a mound visit. Then he walks the bases loaded. Still in there. I realize we’re now 3 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the number one pick in 2020, but #2 should be okay. I see a lot of AAA games, and the win doesn’t really count. It’s getting players experiences — though I would prefer positive experiences. We gave the game away for our hometown fans — all 10,596 who gave up a Friday night to see this capitulation. I’ve taken down my Os stuff. It is definitely Raven time.

    • Camden Brooks

      September 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      If you take down your Orioles stuff now, don’t put it back up when we are good again.

  4. jimcarter

    September 7, 2019 at 10:22 am

    It wasn’t that long ago that Fry flashed in the pan! Just goes to show that you can’t get too excited over small sample sizes.

  5. Hallbe62

    September 7, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Get well soon, Cakes.

  6. OrioleMaze

    September 7, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Speedy recovery Jim!

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