Lamb was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. Lamb showed brief spurts of effectiveness at times this season, but it was inconsistency that ultimately led to his demotion. Most recently, the left-hander failed to make it out of the third inning in a home start against the Brewers, getting tagged for nine earned runs. The 26-year-old will now look to right the ship in the minors, but a return to the big league rotation down the road hasn't necessarily been ruled out.
Lamb (1-7) allowed nine runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over two innings to take the loss Saturday against the Brewers. Lamb was blasted for four runs in the first inning, and then gave up an additional five runs in the third inning before retiring a batter. He's now allowed 20 runs in his last 11.1 innings over three starts to raise his ERA to 6.43. He'll make his next start Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Lamb (1-6) pitched well enough to win, but took the loss in a 4-2 defeat against the Marlins on Saturday. Lamb allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out nine over five innings in the loss. The nine punchouts set a new career-high for Lamb, and it was the first time since Aug. 20 of 2015 where he had at least eight strikeouts and no walks. It was a great rebound outing after allowing eight runs to Washington last weekend, but it still wasn't enough to win. He gave up a two-run double with two outs in the fifth that proved to be the difference.
Lamb (1-4) tossed six innings, allowing two runs, six hits and one walk while striking out seven in Tuesday's game against the Cubs. He did not factor in the decision The left-handed sophomore went toe-to-toe with the savvy-veteran southpaw John Lester, who allowed just one run over 7.2 innings. Lamb's fine performance pushed his ERA down to 4.60, its best mark since May 8. In his first eight outings of the year, Lamb struck out 22 batters in 42 frames. Over his last three starts, the 25-year-old has struck out 19 in 16.2 innings, which is much more in line with his career 8.1 K/9.
Lamb allowed one run on three hits and four walks while striking out eight over 5.1 innings, but received no decision Friday at the Astros. Lamb struggled with his control, and was removed after throwing 108 pitches before finishing the sixth inning. This was the third time in his last four starts that he's held opponents to one earned run, and during that time he's lowered his ERA from 6.85 to 4.75. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Padres.