Gray cruised through six innings, but he was done in by a seventh inning in which he allowed three consecutive hitters to reach base before a three-run homer by Socrates Brito. He didn't have his strikeout stuff on hand either, as the three punchouts marked a season low for an outing of this length, but the 18 he managed over his previous two starts suggest that he should bounce back in that regard. He will face a more favorable matchup the next time he takes the mound, Saturday against the Padres.
Gray (9-6) beat the Dodgers with six shutout innings Monday, allowing just four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.
Gray pitched remarkably well, holding the Dodgers without a run at Coors Field for the second time this month. He has rebounded nicely from a horrid three-start stretch with 18 strikeouts in back-to-back strong outings. The 24-year-old will look to channel that momentum into another strong home outing Sunday against Arizona.
Gray's 10 K's matched his season high set in his first start of the season back on April 22. Tuesday's effort got the sophomore right-hander back on track after a stretch of three dreadful outings (13.50 ERA) and earned him his first quality start in five tries this month. Outside of two poor starts in the April, August has been Gray's worst month of the campaign, as he owns a 7.83 ERA over 23 innings. Gray will make his next start Monday at home against the Dodgers. In 11 starts at Coors Field this year, the 24-year-old is 5-1, but also sports an ugly 5.11 ERA in 61.2 innings at his home park.
Gray was fortunate that his teammates put up nine runs in the first two innings to give them a commanding 9-2 lead, but failed to capitalize as he didn't last the five innings required to earn a win. Gray has now failed to reach the fifth inning in each of his three most recent starts, although he's allowed fewer runs each time, eight, six, and now four.. The young right-hander's ERA has now ballooned to 4.69, up from 3.77 on August 6th. He'll look to right the ship against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Gray has enjoyed a solid season overall, but couldn't get settled for the second straight start. He still managed to notch an impressive 14 swinging strikes, but got into trouble early, allowing an RBI single to Odubel Herrera in the first and an RBI double to Peter Bourjos in the second. Gray then allowed Bourjos to score on a wild pitch and eventually gave up a mammoth three-run blast to Ryan Howard in the fifth that put an end to his night. The 24-year-old has now surrendered 15 runs (14 earned) on 16 hits and five walks over the eight innings covering his last two starts. He'll try to turn things around when he takes on the Nationals next Wednesday.
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