Taking on South Atlantic League powerhouse Charleston on Monday, Dylan Bundy faced arguably the most difficult challenge of his brief pro career. The RiverDogs drew blood from the young hurler for the first time, but barely through any fault of his own.
MLB.com's No. 9 prospect gave up an unearned run -- the first run of his career -- on one hit through three innings as Class A Delmarva lost to Charleston, 5-4, on a walk-off in the ninth.
Bundy struck out a career-high eight in the outing without walking a batter. On the season, he has now yielded two hits and two walks over 20 innings while accumulating 33 punchouts.
The 19-year-old right-hander struck out the first two batters he faced -- Mason Williams and Cito Culver -- but Gary Sanchez lined a double to left field for the second hit off Bundy in two starts. The O's prospect worked out of the frame by inducing a flyout off the bat of Tyler Austin, then struck out the side in order in the second.
The run off Bundy came in the third, after he retired the first two batters he faced. Williams struck out swinging for the would-be final out, but reached first on a wild pitch by Bundy. Shorebirds catcher Gabriel Lino then missed Bundy and threw the ball into the outfield, and center fielder Glynn Davis made a throwing error himself. As a result, Williams scored all the way from first.
Culver also reached base due to another throwing error -- this one by second baseman Sammie Starr -- but Bundy fanned Sanchez to end his day. Though he was scheduled to throw four innings, Bundy reached his pitch count early and was forced to leave after the third. Overall, the Oklahoma native threw 61 pitches in the start, 40 of which were strikes.
Three Delmarva relievers combined to give up four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. Jose Nivar (0-3) took the loss after loading the bases in the ninth and then surrendering a walk-off sacrifice fly to Francisco Arcia.
Charleston starter Scottie Allen allowed one unearned run on three hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Sanchez, the Yankees' No. 3 prospect, paced the RiverDogs offense by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He raised his average to .354, which ranks fifth in the South Atlantic League. No. 4 prospect Williams went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot.