Gallen (3-2) fired six scoreless innings as he earned the win in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out 10. Gallen finished the season strong as he earned wins in his final two starts. He notched a season-high 10 strikeouts Friday and was rewarded with the win in the matinee. The right-hander posted a 2.75 ERA and 84:25 K:BB over 72 innings during the 2020 season.
Gallen will start the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies. Gallen had been penciled in for the nightcap, but was moved to the afternoon (Arizona time) tilt. The right-hander has a 6.75 ERA over the last three starts after posting a 1.80 ERA in his first eight outings.
Gallen (2-2) allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk and struck out six over six innings in a win over the Astros on Friday. Gallen's wild pitch in the first inning allowed the Astros to strike first. He also allowed a solo shot to George Springer in the fifth, but the Diamondbacks surged ahead in the top of the seventh. Gallen continued his solid season Friday, and the right-hander now has a 3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 66 innings. His last start of the regular season is expected to be next Friday in one game of a doubleheader versus the Rockies.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Gallen was dealing with "a little bit of discomfort" with the fingernail of his pitching hand during Saturday's outing against the Mariners, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Lovullo said the fingernail did not play a significant role in what turned out to be Gallen's worst start of the season. The right-hander allowed a career-high seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs, and five walks over five innings. Gallen is expected to take his next turn Friday on the road against Houston.
Gallen suffered the loss against Seattle on Saturday, pitching five innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out six. Gallen has been a breath of fresh air in an otherwise challenging season for Arizona, but he simply wasn't effective Saturday, yielding five runs over his first two innings en route to his second straight loss. The right-hander struggled mightily with his control, tying a season high with five walks -- four of which came in the first two innings -- and throwing only 56 of 98 pitches for strikes. He also gave up multiple home runs for the first time in 2020. Despite the rough outing, Gallen still holds a tidy 3.15 ERA and 1.10 WHIP on the season. He'll try to bounce back from the disappointing performance when he faces the Angels on the road Thursday.
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