SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Russell stranded two runners in the top of the ninth inning to record the save in the Orioles’ 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Russell issued a walk and gave up a single with one out before getting a strikeout and a line drive to short.
Dylan Bundy wasn’t especially pleased with his outing, when the Twins loaded the bases in the fifth inning on two singles and a walk. Bundy struck out two.
“First batter was good,” Bundy said. “Other than that, I was a little wild at times. Got behind in the count, 1-0. It didn’t leave me a lot of options early in spring training to throw a lot of breaking stuff. I got out of the inning. That’s important.
“I expect better than that from myself. But no runs. That walk kind of gets to me a little bit. I’ll have two or three days off before I get in another game.”
Bundy’s walk came on a 3-2 count on what appeared to be a borderline pitch.
“That’s what happens when you miss your spot by seven or eight inches,” he said. “The catcher set up inside and I threw it eight inches away over the plate, so I don’t expect them to call that a strike.”
One of the hits was a broken-bat single.
“If I would’ve gotten it in another inch or two, it would’ve been a pop up to second,” Bundy said. “I just got to execute a little bit better.”
Bundy’s fastball sat at 93-94 mph.
“It was pretty good,” he said. “Can’t expect a whole lot. Your first outing, don’t expect 98, 99, 100 mph yet. But that fastball felt good for the most part. It was low in the zone. I think I threw a couple up, but in and out was really where I was missing.”
Chris Davis had two hits and an outstanding day at first base.
“It’s there. There’s no doubt in my mind it’s there,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “He’s off to a good start. He’s had a great week of work down here. Today, they hit some balls that he could impact the game on defensively, and he did.
“The ability to play first base at a high level is there.”
Jonathan Schoop has left the team to join the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
“You can see this kid, you look at the size he’s put on, his body fat’s down,” Showalter said. “He had a little bit of the young baby fat that’s coming off of him. He spent about a month with Brady (Anderson). It’s a good-looking body. This is a guy that profiles. He was the talk of the Arizona Fall League for a while there, the offensive things he did out there. He’s had a good off-season and he’s going to get a great experience in the WBC. We’re real high on him, obviously.”
Trayvon Robinson, whose two-run homer off left-hander Tyler Robertson broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning, will make the trip to Dunedin on Sunday.
“He played the elements well today,” Showalter said, referencing the wind blowing out to left field. “Tray had a good day. Hitting a home run is not something Trayvon’s foreign to.
“We like him. I talked to him about the fact that, just because he came off the (40-man) roster doesn’t change the way we feel about him. He’s going to get an opportunity here to show what he can do. Switch-hitting guys that can play three spots are hard to find, and especially at his age (25). He’s still a young man.”