Bundy finds batting an 'interesting' experience

Orioles starter goes 0-for-3 in first game hitting as a pro

August 13th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- played his first game in a National League park Friday, meaning he had to bat for himself in the Orioles' 5-2 victory over the Giants. It wasn't just his first Major League plate appearance; it was his first since turning pro five years ago. But it doesn't look like Bundy will be changing positions anytime soon.

His first at-bat, in the second inning, was actually a big spot for the Orioles. He came to the plate against in the middle of a rally, with a run already in and runners at first and third and one out, after doubled and singled. It was clearly an unfamiliar position for the rookie, and he immediately consulted third-base coach Bobby Dickerson about what the team wanted him to do.

In a situation where they could've attempted a squeeze bunt, the Orioles opted to play it safe. Bundy took the first two pitches for strikes before swinging through a curveball for a three-pitch strikeout. picked up his pitcher one batter later, coming through with a two-out single to drive home a run and give the Orioles a 2-0 lead.

"I'm pretty sure I missed a sign on that one," joked Bundy. "I wasn't really sure what was going on in that at-bat."

Bundy next came up leading off the fourth against Cain, and the result was the same: He swung through a curve for a three-pitch strikeout. He did manage to put the ball in play leading off the sixth against Giants reliever , grounding back to the mound. He finished the day 0-for-3.

"It's still fun to go up there and be in the batter's box," said Bundy. "Not everybody can say they've done that before. It was cool, and I got to run down the line a little bit, so it was interesting."

In the end, despite his struggles at the plate Friday, he's been on top of his game since entering the rotation, going 4-2 with a 2.75 ERA in six starts.