BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Orioles have a long way to go on their rebuilding, but there are times when lights shine, and fans can see the finish line.
Last weekend, on May 4, was one of those times. Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, who had been stuck in a slump that lasted back through the middle part of 2018, showed his talent in a 3-0 victory over the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park.
Bundy went 7 1/3 innings and gave up just three hits. He stayed away from the middle of the plate and did not give up a home run, something that plagued him last season and parts of this year. After struggling in the first two innings, Bundy did not give up a hit until the eighth.
“I just felt like I was throwing all pitches to both sides of the plate on both left- and right-handed hitters,” Bundy said. “It’s all about rhythm and tempo, especially when you’re going good.”
Bundy gave up an American League-high 41 homers last year and nine in just 35 2/3 innings this season. But leaving the ball out over the plate has hurt the right-hander badly. Even Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said after the game how Bundy was keeping so many pitches on the corners and got in such a rhythm that he just shut them down.
The next day’s game was rained out and rescheduled. Baltimore had just missed taking two of three from the White Sox in Chicago before that, splitting a doubleheader when Miguel Castro gave up a two-run single with two outs in the ninth. That gave the White Sox a 7-6 win.
Tampa Bay topped the Orioles 7-0 on May 3 thanks to a strong seven-inning start from Tyler Glasnow. But the Orioles turned it all around the next day.
D.C. United Tops Crew
D.C. United scored a big victory on May 4, topping the Columbus Crew at home, 3-1, thanks to goals from Luciano Acosta, Wayne Rooney and Paul Arriola.
Columbus appeared to take a first-half lead but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) wiped it out due to a foul before the ball was shot.
United took advantage and scored right after on an Acosta goal. Before halftime, the VAR awarded a penalty kick to D.C. United, and Rooney converted for a 2-0 lead.
Arriola added the Black-and-Red’s third goal in the second half. The win improved D.C. United to 6-3-2 this season with 20 points.
“I think, first of all, we were better with the ball,” Rooney told the media after the game. “At times…we played some good stuff and a lot more composure, more controlled. So, obviously that helps.”
Nationals’ Injury Problems Continue
The Washington Nationals are really having injury issues.
They ran into more trouble this past week when Anthony Rendon (elbow contusion), Juan Soto (back spasms) and Matt Adams (strained left shoulder) were placed on the injured list. Michael A. Taylor hurt his left wrist on May 4 but was not on the injury list. The injuries are a big reason why Washington dropped three of four to the Cardinals and then two of three in Philadelphia.
“These have been some trying moments,” Martinez said. “But like I’ve said before, we’ve got a bunch of young kids getting an opportunity to play.”
Washington has struggled on offense with all of these injuries as well. The Nationals scored 21 runs in seven games, with 10 coming in a win on May 4.
It’s just going to take some time to get the various players back, and they’re still in the hunt in the National League East, a division where nobody is running away.
Golf Tournament Coming To Area
Wells Fargo, the PGA Tour and Champions for Education announced April 30 that the Wells Fargo Championship will go on through 2024.
The bottom line is that a five-year extension was signed for this tournament. This tournament will be held at the Quail Hollow Club, which has hosted the event since it came to the PGA Tour in 2003. But that will change for one year, 2021, as the Presidents Cup comes to Quail Hollow.
That means that the tournament will come to this area and be played at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Washington. This course has hosted tour events in the past and will fill in for this one year for this event.