Musgrove limited the Giants to one run on three hits with four strikeouts over five innings Saturday. He did not factor in the decision. After a wobbly September (5.14 ERA in five starts), Musgrove closed out his 2021 season with a terrific showing by limiting San Francisco to a Kris Bryant RBI single in the second inning. He also put up a zero in the walk column for the first time since May 30. Musgrove went 11-9 in his first season in San Diego and established personal bests in ERA (3.18), innings pitched (181.1), strikeouts (203), WHIP (1.08) and opponents' batting average (.213). He also threw a pair of shutouts, the first of his career.
Musgrove didn't factor into the decision Sunday against Atlanta after allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks across five innings, striking out nine. Musgrove hadn't fanned that many batters since he posted two back-to-back nine-strikeout performances in late August, but the fact that he's also issued at least three walks in four straight appearances might be a bit concerning. The veteran hurler has also given up at least three runs in each of his last four appearances and owns a 5.14 ERA across five appearances this month.
Musgrove got a no-decision in Tuesday's 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Giants, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings Facing Kevin Gausman and the Giants in consecutive turns, Musgrove pitched well early and was staked to a 4-1 lead but struggled the third time through the order, surrendering four runs combined over the fifth and sixth innings. The subpar outing ends a five-game stretch where he permitted no more than three runs in any start. Musgrove now sports a 5.09 ERA across four September turns. He currently lines up to face Atlanta on Sunday.
Musgrove (11-9) earned the win over San Francisco on Wednesday, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings. For his second straight outing, Musgrove yielded exactly three runs over six frames, but whereas his last start resulted in a loss, the Padres gave the right-hander enough run support to notch a win Wednesday. The 28-year-old wasn't overpowering -- he induced only six swinging strikes and picked up just four punchouts -- but he was able to register his eighth quality start in his past 10 appearances. Musgrove will carry a 2.99 ERA into his next start, which is likely to come in a rematch with San Francisco -- this time at home -- early next week.
Musgrove (10-9) suffered the loss against the Dodgers on Friday, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on four hits and five walks while striking out seven. The performance was not among Musgrove's best as a Padre -- he issued a season-high five walks and gave up three runs for the first time since Aug. 14 -- but he still managed to secure his third quality start in his past four outings. However, San Diego's offense remained stale against the division-rival Dodgers, resulting in the right-hander's ninth loss. Musgrove's so-so 10-9 record doesn't do justice to his effectiveness on the campaign, as he has posted a 2.93 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 180:45 K:BB across 159.2 innings. His next start is likely to come in San Francisco next week.