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Command struggles lead to off day for Bundy

March 12, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Dylan Bundy had a rough outing against the Twins on Sunday in his third Grapefruit League start. But the Orioles came back with three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Twins, 8-6.Bundy went two innings, giving up five runs on five hits and

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Dylan Bundy had a rough outing against the Twins on Sunday in his third Grapefruit League start. But the Orioles came back with three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Twins, 8-6.
Bundy went two innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout. He threw 56 pitches, 33 for strikes. Of the five hits he allowed, two were home runs, accounting for all of the runs he allowed.
Bundy gave up a leadoff home run to Byron Buxton, his first of the spring. Then, with two outs in the second and the bases loaded -- on singles by ByungHo Park, Robbie Grossman and Danny Santana -- Jorge Polanco crushed a grand slam.
"Just too much of the plate, I guess," Bundy said. "It seemed like everything I threw up there today they were swinging at. Real comfortable in the box. Fastball command was just off, didn't have the curveball for strikes. Those two pitches are pretty big for me. So not being able to get those over the plate exactly where I want them makes it tough to pitch."
There was a steady wind blowing out for most of the game. There were 25 combined hits in the game, including five home runs.
"A tough day to pitch," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "He feels good physically. Just a real hitter-friendly day. He got close to his pitch count, though, so that was good. Unfortunately, it was in two innings."
For Bundy, it was a disappointing step back after he got to three innings in his last outing against the Tigers when he didn't allow a run.
"Absolutely, it's disappointing especially after I went three in my last one," Bundy said. "But I did get the pitch count up today. I don't know what it was. But I'm sure it was up there. I threw more sliders today. Felt great. Other than that, I feel good."
Bundy was hesitant to chalk up the outing to just an off day in Spring Training.
"I guess you could say that, [but] you're not comfortable saying that," he said. "You want better results than that. And I thought I should have better results than that with the way my pitches felt today. Just wasn't' locating like I should and I have to work on it."

This and that
• Center fielder Chris Dickerson left the game after getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch from Twins starter Phil Hughes. Showalter said he hopes it is no more than a one-day issue for Dickerson.
Trey Mancini went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the spring.
• Zach Stewart pitched two scoreless innings with one hit allowed.
• Seth Smith, who has been dealing with a hamstring issue, worked out Sunday and is feeling better, Showalter said. Chris Davis remains sidelined with bronchitis.

Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com.