It was a dreadful night for the Baltimore Orioles, who own the worst record in the majors at 8-27.
Just when it looked like the Baltimore Orioles‘ season couldn’t get any worse, Dylan Bundy made the wrong kind of history at Camden Yards.
The 25-year-old righty has been struggling since the last week of April, but given the Kansas City Royals’ patchwork lineup, Tuesday night appeared to be a good opportunity to turn things around. Instead, he gave up seven runs without retiring a single batter, making for one of the blackest nights in team history.
It didn’t take long for the wheels to come off for Bundy — after giving up a leadoff single to Jon Jay, he surrendered back-to-back-to-back homers to Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez. He followed that up with two walks before Alex Gordon took him deep for a fourth round-tripper, making it 7-0. Just 28 pitches in, Bundy was pulled from the game, and with that, he became the first player in modern history to surrender four home runs without recording a single out.
Here’s some footage from the start — watch at your own risk.
The Birds managed to score seven runs by the end of the game, but nothing could erase the stench of the horrific start. Bundy’s Game Score of -19 was MLB’s second-worst since 1940, a dubious distinction for a promising pitcher.
But in the end, the result was the same as any other loss, ugly though it was. The Orioles will attempt to even the series today at 7:05 p.m. ET — until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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