Gonzales (13-9) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three across six scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Rangers. Gonzales didn't allow a runner to pass first base throughout his six innings of work, and he turned in his sixth scoreless start of the season. He needed just 78 pitches to record the 18 outs but was limited due to workload concerns. Prior to this season, Gonzales had not surpassed 40 innings at the major-league level, but he has turned in a respectable 4.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP across 161.2 innings in a breakout campaign.
Gonzales threw five innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Sunday, giving up three earned runs on six hits, striking out six and walking two in Seattle's eventual 4-3 defeat. The young left-hander had been in a rough patch for much of August, but he's posted decent stat lines his last two starts and has a 4.28 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP through 155.2 innings on the season. He threw 84 pitches in this contest, and the Mariners have said they don't plan on letting him throw more than 100 for the rest of the season. They're monitoring his workload in his first full season since he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016, so this is probably about as deep into a game as he should be expected to work for the duration of the season.
Gonzales will see his pitch count carefully monitored during his remaining starts, David Gottlieb of MLB.com reports. "I don't think you're going to see us extend him out to 100 pitches or anything like that," manager Scott Servais said. "But I think it is important he continues to finish out the season, finish out the month of September. This is uncharted waters for him." The lefty fired a modest 66 pitches through five innings last Tuesday against the Padres, and Servais seems to imply that this will be par for the course for what remains of the regular season. Now having logged 150.2 innings in 2018, Gonzales is only six away from the most he's ever thrown in his professional career. Consequently, the team wants to be cautious, especially considering this is Gonzales' first full season since April 2016 Tommy John surgery.
Gonzales allowed one run on four hits while recording two strikeouts over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Padres. He did not factor into the decision. Gonzales was limited to just 66 pitches (45 strikes) in his first start since landing on the disabled list with a strained neck, but he made the most of it with a productive outing. The lefty hasn't issued a walk in four of his last five starts and sports a stellar 130:28 K:BB over 150.2 innings for the season. He'll take a 4.24 ERA into Sunday's start against the Angels.
Gonzales is expected to be on a pitch count of about 75 pitches Tuesday against the Padres, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Gonzales missed a pair of starts with a strained neck and did not make a rehab start, so he'll likely be eased back into action. He's set to square off against Bryan Mitchell in his first start since Aug. 22.