Dylan Bundy made his AA debut tonight and got credit for the victory in the Bay Sox 5-3 win over the Erie Seawolves. Bundy went five innings in the seven inning game, striking out three.
The Seawolves didn’t seem to have any trouble making contact off Bundy’s fastball. There were a few swings and misses off his curveball and change. The curve was very inconsistent, with many hanging up in the zone. The home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz seemed to have a pretty tight strike zone, but Dylan did not get flustered with a lot of close pitches that were not called strikes.
The third base umpire also called a ball on Dylan Bundy for going to his mouth while on the mound. Dylan continued to go to his mouth when on the mound throughout the game but the umpires did not call him for it a second time. The home plate umpire had a discussion with Bundy, which carried on to pitching coach Kennie Steenstra. Don’t know what was discussed but there were hands to the mouth movements that were part of the discussion. Strange what appears to be more a nervous habit by Dylan has not been corrected by now.
Zeolous Wheeler had a booming homerun that hit to the right of the scoreboard to lead the Bay Sox offense. Both Wheeler and Ronnie Welty scored twice.
The two big players to watch for Erie are Nick Castellanos who went 0 for 4 and Avisail Garcia, who went 1 for 3. Nick looks like he needs to gain some strength and learn some patience if he expects to survive in the major leagues. Even though he came into the game hitting .304, a 6/52 walk to whiff ratio in 58 games keeps his OBA at a disappointing .320. He also doesn’t appear to have a right fielder’s arm.
Avisail is playing centerfield for the Seawolves. At 6′3″ 240 he looks a bit too big for centerfield. He did make all the plays on balls hit to him, but it kind of reminds myworld of the attempt the Tigers made to make Wilken Ramirez a centerfielder.
In the second game Tim Bascom pitched the Bay Sox to a 6-0 victory. In the two innings myworld stayed to see him pitch he was getting more swings and misses with his pedestrian 90 mile per hour fastball than Dylan Bundy. He finished with six strikeouts in his six innings of work.
Ty Kelly was the offensive star, driving in four of the six Bay Sox runs. Antoan Richardson and Josh Barfield scored twice each.
Avisail Garcia got two of the three Seawolves hits, but he eliminated himself from the basepaths on one of those hits with a poor slide trying to steal second. His slide seemed to fall short of the bag allowing the ball to beat him. He was also thrown out stealing in the first game.