Allard allowed five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 4.1 relief innings in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Yankees. Allard made a second consecutive outing as a piggyback starter, this one behind Dane Dunning, and suffered a similar fate as he did when following Glenn Otto on Sept. 16. The left-hander has allowed 10 runs on 11 hits (three home runs) and five walks over eight innings in his two piggyback appearances. With two additional long balls, Allard has served up 28 home runs over 119.2 innings (2.1 HR/9).
Allard (illness) will piggyback starter Glenn Otto in Thursday's game against the Astros, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He missed his previous start due to a non-COVID illness. It's unclear how the innings will break down between the two pitchers, or if Allard will get another start -- traditional or piggyback -- this season. As a starter, Allard has a 5.40 ERA and 2.3 HR/9 over 91.2 innings.
Allard was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against Oakland due to an illness. Wes Benjamin will start in what will amount to a bullpen game. It's unclear when Allard will be ready to return to the rotation.
Allard (3-12) took the loss in Saturday's 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Angels, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Allard was efficient Saturday, needing just 82 pitches to navigate 5.2 innings, but he was stung by the long ball and his team's dormant bats. The 24-year-old was engaged in a heated pitcher's duel with Los Angeles starter Jose Suarez until Shohei Ohtani tagged Allard for a three-run home run in the sixth inning to make it a 4-0 game. Even though he took another loss, Allard has shown signs of improvement in the season's second half as he's averaged six innings per start over his last six turns. He'll look to keep it going against Oakland next weekend.
Allard (3-11) gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings Saturday, taking the loss against Houston. He struck out a pair. The 24-year-old had opened August with four straight quality starts before running into the highest-scoring offense in the majors Saturday. Yordan Alvarez and Martin Maldonado got things started in the second inning with a solo homer and a two-run single, respectively. Carlos Correa added a solo blast in the third, and Jose Altuve drove in two more with a single in the sixth. Allard has been able to provide the Rangers with length recently, pitching into the sixth in five straight appearances, but it's still come with too many homers (nine in 30.1 innings) and subpar strikeout numbers (16). He'll take a 5.01 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into his next scheduled start.
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