Making his first start for the Dodgers after previously excelling as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen July 20 in his big-league debut, Gray didn't meet expectations for those who streamed him with the hope he would scoop up an easy win against a Rockies offense that typically struggles on the road. While the punchout total was nice and was backed by 19 swings and misses, Gray struggled to consistently find the zone, tossing just 47 of his 79 pitches for strikes. Elias Diaz also took Gray deep to left field in the second inning, a discouraging development after the right-hander served up three long balls in his prior outing. Gray should get at least one more expended appearance with the big club next weekend in Arizona, but manager Dave Roberts hasn't disclosed whether the rookie will be deployed as a primary pitcher or a traditional starter.
Dodgers' Josiah Gray: Inefficient in first MLB start
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