Velasquez allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five over six innings, but received no decision Sunday at the Pirates. Velasquez entered the sixth inning with a 4-2 lead, but after giving up a two-run homer to Matt Joyce, he ended up with a no decision. This was the first time in seven starts that he's allowed more than two runs in an outing, and his ERA is at 3.34 on the year. He'll make his next start Friday at the Braves.
Velasquez pitched seven innings of one-run ball while allowing three hits and four walks while striking out five and receiving a no-decision against the Marlins on Tuesday Velasquez bounced back after experiencing some dead arm before the All-Star break, flashing the fine form and upper-90's fastball that made him a popular early-season pickup. Unfortunately, the Phillies failed to provide him much run support, and lost the game in the 10th inning on a Christian Yelich walkoff hit. Yelich also accounted for Velasquez's lone blemish, a monster 447-foot homer in the fourth. Velasquez has now allowed just five earned runs in his four most recent starts, and should take the hill next against Jameson Taillon and the Pirates on Sunday.
Velasquez picked up his eighth win of the season Friday in a 5-3 victory over the Rockies. He allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings while walking two and striking out six. Velasquez was on the hook for the loss when he left Friday's game, but Tommy Joseph delivered a pinch-hit three run homer in the top of the seventh to give the Phillies the lead and Velasquez the win. Velasquez has three wins, a 2.12 ERA and a 20:4 K:BB in 17 innings since coming back from his biceps injury.
Velasquez picked up his seventh win of the season in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Royals. He allowed two runs on five hits over six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. Velasquez gave the Phillies a scare in the first inning as he failed to top 90 mph with his fastball. He was visited on the mound by the coaching staff and assured them he was just slow to warm up. Once Velasquez got loose he was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball and sitting 91-to-93 mph for most of his start. He has allowed just two runs and has a 14:2 K:BB over 11 innings since returning from the disabled list.
Velasquez (6-2) struck out seven and allowed five hits over five shutout innings in a win Monday over the Diamondbacks. Velasquez looked great in his first start after a stint on the 15-day disabled list with a biceps issue. He easily could have gone deeper into the game if not for the Phillies taking it slow with him after the injury, as he needed just 84 pitches (including 16 swinging strikes) to get through five innings. This marks his fourth start this season with at least seven strikeouts as he has now whiffed 80 batters in just 66.2 innings (10.8 K/9).
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