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Dylan Bundy Shoves AGAIN, Trey Mancini Gets Hurt, And Manny Machado Shows Off Again In The Orioles 3-1 Victory Over Cleveland

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times this season. I love Dylan Bundy and I don’t care who knows it. Last night was just another example of what a monster he is. He earned his first win of the season last night in a 3-1 win over the Indians, stopping the Orioles losing streak at 6 in a row. Bundy was the key to that win.

In his fifth start of the season, he went 6 innings while giving up 5 hits, 1 HBP, 9 Ks, 2 walks, and 1 run. That HBP caused the only Indians run of the game to score, without Edwin Encarnacion leaning his elbow guard across the plate, there is a good chance the O’s shut out Cleveland. Things could have gotten away from Bundy in the first, but he held the Indians in check. After Francisco Lindor struck out on 3 pitches to begin the game, Jason Kipnis popped up behind the plate. Chance Sisco either lost the ball in the lights, or just flat out misplayed the ball. It dropped about 5 feet from him and let the at-bat continue. Naturally Kipnis goes on to single in the at-bat. Jose Ramirez drew a walk, and Michael Brantley singled to load the bases for Encarnacion with only 1 out in the first, it looked like Dylan and the Birds were in trouble. Bundy barely tipped Edwin’s elbow pad to bring a run home, but after a Yonder Alonso fly out, Roberto Perez went down swinging. Big inning avoided and Bundy was in total control for the rest of the game.

Bundy was brilliant yet again, and has seemed to force his way into the ace conversation. His numbers on the year just keep getting better and better. 1-2 record with a 1.42 ERA, 40 Ks, 9 walks, a WHIP of 1.11, and has only given up 5 ER in 31.2 innings this season. He looks more impressive every time he takes the mound, he’ll find a way to get out of trouble, or just completely take an offense out of the game. His slider is unreal this season, and he is throwing it more than he did last year, and he is showing that strikeout stuff we have heard about for years. According to Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com, Bundy had a career high 24 swings-and-misses last night, dominant stuff he showed. Can’t get enough of this guy when he is on the mound, one of the few bright spots for this club the last 2 years. He’s easily the most talented guy the Orioles have had on the bump in YEARS.

One of the other bright spots has been the play of  outfielder, Trey Mancini. Last night was no different as he drove in the go-ahead runs in the 5th with a double to the gap. He’s just a hitting machine, what else can you say? On the season he’s batting .284 with 2 homers, 7 driven in, and has an OBP of .352. But it wasn’t all good for Trey this game. In the 8th inning, he attempted to make a sliding catch in foul territory down the left field line.

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As you see in the video, Trey comes in like a wrecking ball  but came up just short of the catch. His momentum in his slide propelled him into the wall in left, and of course, his right knee slammed hard into the 4 inch tall section of wall where it isn’t padded. You could tell immediately that he was in pain and it wasn’t good.

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He tried to walk on it, but on a cold night, it was stiffening up on him and wasn’t going to be good going forward. Buck took him out of the game, and he was able to walk off on his own power.  In the presser after the game, Buck said Trey did have an x-ray taken, he has some punctures in the knee and they were gonna look to put some stitches in there. Tough break for Trey and he has been fantastic since he got to the leadoff spot and has really been playing well, the most consistent hitter the Birds have had this season. Hopefully he’s just out a few days and can come back healthy, losing Trey for an extended period of time would be absolutely awful. $20 that Buck has that padding go all the way down the field by Monday.

Today In “What Did Manny Machado Do Now?”

What did Manny do you ask? Just his 6th homer of the year and 3rd in 2 days to put the O’s on the board in the third. Oh, and then he also helped save the game for the O’s with an unreal play up the middle that saved a run. He’s just so damn good. Almost seems like the team he currently plays for should look to extend his contract. Hmm.

I love everything about him….except that AWFUL hair.

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