Dunning recorded two outs and allowed two hits during Thursday's Game 3 loss to the Athletics. He didn't factor in the decision had zero strikeouts and zero walks. The 25-year-old surrendered a pair of singles during the opening frame, and that was all manager Rick Reneria needed to see before calling in the bullpen. Despite the brief postseason outing, it was a strong rookie campaign for Dunning as he had a 3.97 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 35:13 K:BB over 34 innings (seven starts).
Dunning was charged with five runs (four earned) on three hits over three innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Saturday. He struck out two batters and walked three. The right-hander has been excellent since getting called up in August, but he did not have his best command Saturday. He plunked a batter, gave up a grand slam to Kris Bryant and only managed a single swinging strike on 64 pitches. Things have been going worse for Dylan Cease, so it seems likely we'll see Dunning start Game 3 of the first round for the White Sox, if a Game 3 is necessary.
Dunning took a no-decision after allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five over four innings in Monday's 7-4 loss to Cleveland. The White Sox were able to climb out of an early hole and prevent Dunning from picking up his first loss, but this was the first time the team lost in his six starts. Dunning's command was off, particularly on a 3-1 fastball in the first inning that Jose Ramirez turned on for a three-run home run. The 25-year-old right-hander is in the mix to be part of the playoff rotation and will get one last regular-season outing Saturday at home against the crosstown Cubs.
Dunning (2-0) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out seven across seven innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Twins. Dunning had little trouble with the Twins' lineup, as the only big hit he surrendered was an inside-the-park home run to Byron Buxton. He has been able to work deeper into games of late, as he's combined to throw 13 innings across his last two starts. Overall, he's maintained a 2.33 ERA with a 28:9 K:BB in his first 27 big-league frames. His next turn through the rotation currently projects to come Sunday at Cincinnati.
Dunning (1-0) tossed six innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just three hits during the White Sox' 8-1 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday. He walked one and struck out three. Making his fourth start of the season, Dunning lasted beyond five innings for the first time and picked up his first career win. He will carry a 2.70 ERA with 21 strikeouts into his next scheduled start against the Twins in a week. He is likely worth a roster spot in most formats.
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