Angels starting pitching has been a terrible mess for years. With injuries and under-performances, it was looking bleak when Cole went to the Yankees. All the Angels got was a couple of mid-rotation pitchers, one of whom being Dylan Bundy in a swap with the Baltimore Orioles.
Well, Bundy was always good against the AL West (besides the Angels). He took this fresh start and applied himself to be the Ace he knew he could be. With multiple starts cut short due to manager Joe Maddon, Bundy was on a mission to pitch deep into this game. And so he did.
No Jo Adell today but Shohei Ohtani is back, and he made his presence known going opposite field for a home run. That gave the Angels the early lead, as Bundy went through the first 3 innings with no issues, pitching so well that a 1-0 lead felt like two. Which was vital as Taijuan Walker was the Mariners starter.
Scoring really happened in the 4th however, as the struggles by Walker allowed the Angels to score 3 runs with even Justin Upton getting in on the action by getting a HBP. Walker was chased after throwing 69 pitches and things were nice. However, Bundy did give up a home run in the bottom half and so the lead was 4-1 going to the 5th, he did his job and kept the Mariners bats quiet.
Score stayed the same until the 8th when Max Stassi hit a home run, this is one catcher who rakes and the Angels are glad to have him. With a 6-1 lead, it was all Bundy needed and was able to pitch through the 8th, a rare move for Maddon.
Bundy pitched a complete game with 10 k’s, no walks, 4 hits, and only 1 ER. First complete game in a long time and the 3rd for Bundy in his career. Maddon has his ace, as the Angels win their first series this year.