“He got the fastball where he needed to get it,” Showalter said. “He had an extra day of rest, and I thought he might carry a little more fastball. He threw 100 pitches, but it wasn’t one of those stressful outings even though that’s easy for us to say. That’s a good lineup.”
Bundy allowed just five hits — with Trout coming up with the only two extra-base hits off him — and had a career-high 10 strikeouts while walking none.
“When Dylan is out there and throwing strikes, pounding the zone, getting us in the dugout, he was pitching a hell of a game,” Machado said. “The only reason why we were able to do that is because he gave us the opportunity to just be in the game. When one of our starters can do that, it’s going to be a huge thing. We’re not going to win this offensively or defensively. Everyone’s going to have to come together like we have lately and keep it going the next two months and see what happens.”
The 24-year-old's maturation has been highlighted by mixing his pitches in favor of high strikeout totals, but on Monday night he had his best strikeout effort of his young career against a free-swinging Angels lineup. Five of Bundy’s last nine outs came by strikeout.
“I think just showing a slider early and also sticking with it,” Bundy said. “That was kind of the game plan. We knew coming into the game with Welly that we were going to throw quite a bit of sliders to these guys, just because their numbers were a little better on the curveball. So, like I said, we had a good game plan with [Castillo] and defense really played great. Manny really got me out of that seventh inning there.”
Bundy was especially effective throwing his slider down in the zone, getting eight swinging strikes with the pitch. Bundy had six strikeouts with his slider, five of them swinging.
“I mean, you never know,” Bundy said of the slider’s effectiveness. “These guys haven’t seen me this year. Last time they saw me was last year and I think that was in relief. So they just didn’t have a whole lot of info on me I don’t think and I wasn’t throwing the slider last year.”
Bundy received help from his defense to get through the seventh as Machado made a nice stop on C.J. Cron’s sharp grounder to third, starting a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play.