The 27-year-old southpaw was outstanding in one of the best hitting environments in the majors. He induced a whopping 19 swinging strikes, equaled the second-lowest amount of earned runs he's surrendered in a start this season and posted his second-best strikeout total as well. Paxton has had an up-and-down campaign, but has now emerged victorious in two of his three July decisions.
Paxton was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Astros, allowing six runs on nine hits and on walk across just five innings. He did record one strikeout.
The left-hander allowed just a solo home run through the first four innings, but he imploded in the fifth, when he allowed five men to reach and yielded four total runs, two of which came via wild pitch. Paxton had pitched well in his two outings prior to the All-Star break, but his prospects of bouncing back do not look great heading into his next start Friday at Toronto.
Paxton allowed just two runs with a pair of strikeouts and one walk across eight strong innings in Thursday's start versus the Royals. He did not factor into the decision.
Paxton was remarkably efficient, as he needed just 78 pitches to get through eight frames, throwing 53 for strikes. He ran into a bit of trouble in the eighth and allowed a pair of runs that tied the game before being removed at the start of the next inning, tarnishing what could have been an even better start. Thursday's events were still encouraging, and Paxton will carry a 3.91 ERA into his next start after the All-Star break.
Paxton had few problems through the first five innings and was staked to a 9-2 lead entering the sixth. He couldn't make it out of that inning, though, as he gave up two runs on two walks and three hits. Paxton had a few good outings after debuting on June 1, but he's been pretty mediocre and far too hittable in his last three starts. He's allowed 12 earned runs in those 18.1 innings and nearly double-digit hits in each one (13.8 H/9). Fortunately, none have left the yard. Paxton said rather than staying on top of the ball, he got to the side of it in the sixth inning. We'll see if he can adjust in his next start.
Paxton allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings in Sunday's start versus the Cardinals. He struck out seven and did not factor into the decision.
The lefty had a 2.77 ERA in his four starts prior to Sunday, but he wore down in the fifth inning when he allowed five runs on four extra-base hits and an error. Paxton continues to strike out batters at a high rate, as he now has 10.6 K/9 rate on the season, and he will attempt to right the ship Saturday versus the Orioles.
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