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Bundy’s Angels debut was just what the Angels needed after a heart breaking extra inning loss to the A’s Friday night. In fact, both Bundy and Sean Manaea were dealing early, facing just 19 total batters over the first 3 innings.
Justin Upton was the first to figure out Manaea, who had mowed down 11 straight Angels until Upton’s 4th inning home run to open up the scoring. The Angels rallied in the 5th with 3 more runs thanks to Taylor Ward and Max Stassi singles, followed by Andrelton Simmons and David Fletcher doubles. Fletcher’s RBI double was the knock blow to Manaea who was off to a fiery start in the early innings. Stephen Piscotty made a great play to rob Mike Trout of an RBI to end the inning and minimize the damage.
Bundy was pulled after 90 pitches and 6.2 innings. He left with a runner on 2nd and 2 outs. Unfortunately, he ended up with an earned run thanks to a Robbie Grossman RBI single off Keynan Middleton. Bundy was at his most effective, mixing very good off-speed pitches to offset an average fastball. The starting pitching has been very encouraging so far this season. This was an impressive start for Bundy, who allowed only three hits and one run while striking out 7 and walking none, just the second such start of his career.
Ty Buttrey struggled with his command in the 8th inning, but he got lucky with some timely ground balls, and Hansel Robles slammed the door shut in the 9th.
So here’s to our first 2.7 wins of the season, as the Angels march on towards the playoffs!