Dylan Bundy 1st Pitcher in Modern MLB to Give Up 4 HR Without Recording an Out

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy throws to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy earned a dubious distinction in Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park, as he became the first player in modern MLB history to allow four home runs without recording an out.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN.com), Bundy entered the record books by giving up first-inning homers to Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon.

The 25-year-old righty allowed five hits and seven earned runs while walking two before getting pulled in the first inning.

Bundy posted an infinite ERA, and the Orioles went on to lose 15-7.

After a strong start to the season, Bundy has fallen off significantly.

In his first five starts, Bundy went 1-2 with a 1.42 ERA. Since then, he has allowed 19 earned runs in nine innings, and his seasonal ERA has ballooned to 5.31.

Bundy's struggles have coincided with those of the Orioles. At 8-27, they are the worst team in Major League Baseball, and eight games separate them from the fourth-place Tampa Bay Rays (15-18) in the American League East.

That's a sharp fall from grace for an O's team that posted a record of .500 or better for five straight seasons from 2012-16.

Baltimore selected Bundy at No. 4 overall in the 2011 draft, and he was one of the top prospects in baseball.

He has yet to post an ERA under 4.00 in a single season at the MLB level, however, and his recent downturn will make bucking that trend difficult in 2018.

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