Dunning (4-7) allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 6.1 innings, picking up the win in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks. While the stats might not jump off the page, Dunning was solid in picking up the quality start Tuesday night. His adventure into the seventh inning marked the deepest he's gone into a game this season, but this isn't a philosophical change from Chris Woodward and crew. A pitch count of 75-80 remains a stark reality for the former Florida Gator, as the Rangers still want to be careful with Dunning. The only reason the right-hander made it into the seventh was his incredible efficiency. He finished the night having thrown just 78 pitches. If Dunning is ever unleashed, he could become more of a fantasy factor.
Dunning will not pitch Sunday against Houston as originally projected, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports. Dunning would have made the start on regular rest, but the Rangers are opting to put Taylor Hearn on the mound instead. The team has been careful with Dunning's workload during his starts, as he has completed more than five innings only twice. Even so, Dunning has already thrown 83.2 innings on the campaign, and he has not topped 100 frames in a season since 2017.
Dunning (3-7) allowed three runs on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts through 4.2 innings in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Tigers. In his final start before the All-Star break, Dunning mowed down the Tigers, allowing just one run while striking out six in a 10-5 Texas victory. It was a different story Tuesday night. Dunning gave up home runs to Robbie Grossman and Eric Haase and could only manage two strikeouts, his lowest total since April 23.
Dunning allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out six across five innings Tuesday against the Tigers. He did not factor into the decision. The only hit Dunning allowed was a solo home run to Robbie Grossman in the fourth inning. He otherwise dominated the Tigers and has now allowed only 10 earned runs across his last 27 innings pitched. On the other hand, Dunning's potential to earn wins and rack up strikeouts has been stifled by the Rangers carefully monitoring his workload. Tuesday's outing was the latest example, as Dunning was pulled after throwing 65 pitches. He left the game with a 5-1 lead, but the bullpen blew his potential chance for a win. Dunning now has a 4.22 ERA with 85 strikeouts across 79 innings this season.
Dunning didn't factor into the decision after working four innings and allowing four hits and two walks Thursday against Oakland. He had four strikeouts. The Rangers clearly want to avoid having Dunning work deep into games; the 26-year-old was lifted from Thursday's start despite having thrown only 68 pitches (43 strikes) and yielding just three singles. He's 3-6 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 16 starts, posting a 79:27 K:BB in 74 innings of work. Dunning is projected to return to the mound next week against Detroit.
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