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Despite Lack Of Run Support Dylan Bundy Continues To Dominate

April 16, 2018
BOSTON -- Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy has consistently dominated so far this season, yet he hasn't recorded a win.

Bundy continued to pitch in hard luck April 15, allowing just one earned run in 5.2 innings to a difficult Boston Red Sox lineup. But the Orioles didn't help him -- offensively or defensively --during a 3-1 loss.
 
The offense managed just three hits -- only one of which came after the first inning. The struggles continued on the defensive end. Danny Valencia -- who is playing third base while Tim Beckham subs for the injured Jonathan Schoop at second -- committed an error that led to two runs in the sixth.

Through four starts, Bundy, 25, is among the league leaders with a 1.40 ERA. He has struck out 31 batters in 25.2 innings while yielding just one home run. But Bundy is 0-2 while the Orioles are 5-11.
 
"It ain't about my wins," Bundy said. "It's team wins. Right now, we're not getting team wins, either so just go out there every five days and try and give my team the chance to win the best I can."
 
Bundy, who went nearly four years between his major league debut in September 2012 and his next Orioles appearance in April 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, isn't complaining about his lack of run support or about the raw conditions he had to pitch in at Fenway Park.
 
"I felt great out there. I was able to get warm pregame and pretty much stay warm the whole game," Bundy said.
 
Manager Buck Showalter, who watched Bundy from the time he was the fourth overall draft pick in 2011 until now, has seen growth and maturity.
 
"Dylan was outstanding. Just remarkable for me to watch him plying his trade or whatever in those type of conditions," Showalter said. "I can't tell you how hard that is and that was impressive. I'm sure Dylan's done a little duck hunting in his life. That's kind of what that was like."
 
In Bundy's four starts, the Orioles have scored just seven runs. Three of them came during the March 29 opener, when the Orioles won on center fielder Adam Jones' home run in the 11th inning. Bundy pitched to a no decision in that game. 
 
Showalter isn't concerned that Bundy will develop that hard-luck loser mentality. Pitching to a difficult team like the Red Sox in horrible conditions gives Showalter more evidence for his case.  
 
"Just verifies what we already know and think," Showalter said. "Dylan's … very mature baseball-wise, and he gets it. He's a baseball player who happens to be a pitcher."
 
Bundy's teammates are frustrated that they haven't been able to support him offensively.
 
"Anytime you have a guy throwing the ball like that, you want to get him some runs and kind of take a little bit of pressure off of him and he's really risen to the occasion on every start he made this year," first baseman Chris Davis said about Bundy.
 
"He's thrown the ball well. He's given us the chance to win and that's really all you can ask from our starters. So I'm extremely proud of him, and I know he's going to continue to do that. Our job is to continue as an offense to go out there and pick him up and get him some runs."

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