The Baltimore Orioles have begun their 2017 season by sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dylan Bundy pitched a sturdy seven innings to lead Baltimore to a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night. Bundy held the powerful Blue Jays lineup to just four hits and one run. The 24-year old pitcher also struck out eight batters. Bundy’s only allowed run came in on a single from Devon Travis, which scored Justin Smoak.
The opposite starter, J.A. Happ, wasn’t bad himself. He struck out nine and pitched seven innings as well, but he gave up two homers. Adam Jones hit a two-run shot and then Chris Davis would also hit a homer as well.
Toronto had an opportunity to score when the bases were loaded against Orioles closer Zach Britton. Britton would slam the door shut with a game-ending double play. It was his first save of the season.
Davis’ home run wasn’t just any homer. It was his 200th home run as an Oriole. He sits at eighth all-time on the Orioles home run list.
The same could be set about Jones’ home run. The home run by Jones tied him with Rafael Palmeiro for fifth all-time on Baltimore’s home run list (223).
Setup man Darren O’Day was available during Wednesday’s game, but was out on Opening Day due to flu-like symptoms. “There’s never a good time to get the flu, but opening day is not the best,” he said Wednesday via AP.
Britton has looked a little shaky to begin the season, possibly due to his lack of innings during Spring Training. Even when he hasn’t been at his best, he still figures out how to get out of jams.
Winning Pitcher: Bundy (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Happ (0-1)
Save: Britton (1)
When: Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Where: Camden Yards
TV: MASN 2, Yes Network