Gray (1-4) allowed five hits and four walks while striking out nine across six scoreless innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Brewers. Gray began only 13 of the 25 batters he faced with a strike -- leading to four walks. However, he generated 19 called strikes and 13 swinging strikes on 103 total pitches, all while delivering one his better starts of the season. After displaying fairly strong control early in the season, Gray has struggled to hit the strike zone of late, walking nine batters across his last 15.1 innings. He'll look to improve in that regard while keeping the strong results in his next outing, currently scheduled for Monday against Pittsburgh.
Gray allowed three earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven across five innings Wednesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision. Gray allowed two home runs -- a two-run shot in the second inning followed by a solo homer in the fourth frame -- to account for all three of his earned runs. Despite the significant struggles in this start, Gray has allowed just 0.8 HR/9 for the season. After he walked eight batters across his last two starts spanning 9.1 innings, it was encouraging to see Gray not issue any free passes. He's currently lined up to start Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Gray will start Wednesday against the Cubs instead of Tuesday as previously scheduled, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The move has nothing to do with Gray, as the team wants to keep Tanner Roark on a five-day pitching schedule since he's pitched better in his last two outings. Gray, on the other hand, has a 5.49 ERA and 1.47 WHIP while failing to complete six innings in any of his last four starts, and he's still seeking his first win of the season.
Gray didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-innings loss to the A's, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and five walks over 4.1 innings while striking out three. After walking only two batters in his previous four starts, Gray has issued 10 free passes in his last three, pushing his WHIP from 0.97 to 1.21 in the process. The right-hander's 0.46 HR/9 through 39 innings has been outstanding, and his 4.15 ERA and 41:16 K:BB solid, but he still has yet to really put things together in Cincy. He'll look for a better result in his next outing Tuesday, at home against the Cubs.
Gray allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two over five innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Friday. The Reds jumped out to an eight-run lead and Gray appeared in line for his first win of the season, but incredibly, Cincinnati gave it all back and ultimately lost 12-11 in extra innings. Gray really labored in the fourth inning and was pulled after 82 pitches, so he still is yet to exceed 90 pitches in an outing this season. He's been pitching well for the most part (38:11 K:BB, one homer allowed in 34.2 innings), and the wins should come if the Reds' bats ever get going consistently. The 29-year-old will face his former team in Oakland next week.