Ponies’ Dunn shining at Double-A level

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The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have looked like a new team in three-of-their-last four games.

Outside of an 8-2 loss to Portland Saturday, the Ponies were winners over Trenton and Portland twice.

In those three wins, they gave up no more than three runs in a game.

Maybe it was sparked by Friday’s announcement that Binghamton would be sending five players to the 2018 Eastern League All-Star Classic.

Either way, it’s been a much-needed turn-around.

Another potential future All-Star, whether here in Binghamton or in the majors, is pitcher Justin Dunn.

Dunn continued to impress last Thursday, going seven innings while giving up only five hits, one earned run, and striking out 10 against the Trenton Thunder.

After his strong outing, Dunn talked about how important it is for him to work ahead in the count to be effective.

“It’s huge. I mean, for me, with four pitches. If I can get ahead and kind of get them back on their heels, and I can be aggressive, it’s everything for me. Then they have four pitches they have to eliminate, and unless you can guess right, a lot of the time it’s going to be tough,” Dunn said.

Dunn has certainly been tough in his outings this year. In four Double-A starts, he is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA, 29 strikeouts and only eight earned runs.

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