Gonzales started a rain-shortened Cactus League win over a Padres split squad on Wednesday and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out five.
The left-hander bounced back nicely after a rough outing in his first spring start, allowing just Thursday's earned run over 6.1 innings combined across his last two appearances. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports Gonzales would have been in line for two more Cactus League outings had the remainder of spring training not been suspended due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but all that is up in the air now. Johns adds Gonzales' removal in the fourth inning was due to the 28-year-old having reached a 60-plus pitch count and not because of any injury-related issue. "I was a lot more crisp than the last couple times out," Gonzales said. "I'm definitely feeling confident with my fastball and landing some off-speed pitches. So that was great. I had the walks and some little mistakes here and there, but overall I felt pretty sharp."
Gonzales threw 61 pitches in a "B" game on the back field of the Mariners' spring training complex Friday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander was scratched from Friday's Cactus League start against the Dodgers in order to clear the path for some younger arms to gain game experience, but Gonzales still got his work in versus Shed Long, Dee Gordon, Cal Raleigh and Austin Shenton. Gonzales is slated to return to Cactus League action at some point next week.
Gonzales will pitch in an intersquad game Friday rather than start the Mariners' Cactus League matchup against the Dodgers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old is expected to throw 3-4 innings during an intersquad game at the team complex Friday afternoon. The sudden change of plans is not injury-related and Gonzales will likely make his third Cactus League outing sometime next week. The southpaw will look to build upon a career-low 3.99 ERA last season during his fourth campaign in Seattle in 2020.
Gonzales started Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Royals, firing three scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts.
The young left-hander raised some eyebrows in his first start of the spring Monday when he allowed five earned runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning versus the Cubs. However, Gonzales turned in a polar-opposite effort Saturday. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports Gonzales credited a "better pregame routine" with helping him turn things around against Kansas City, as well as a focus on making his delivery more compact. He'll look to build on his momentum in his next spring turn, which is likely to come toward the end of the week.
Gonzales started Monday's Cactus League's loss to the Cubs and allowed five earned runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.
The young southpaw's spring could hardly have gotten off to a more unfavorable start, as Gonzales got himself in trouble early with a leadoff walk to Kris Bryant and unraveled from that point. Despite the ugly final line, the 28-year-old, who's expected to serve as the ace of the staff once again after posting a 16-6 record last season, put a positive spin on the results after the game, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "You go out the first one and you just want to feel good and throw some strikes," Gonzales said. "My timing was a little off and I was frustrated a little bit by my execution. But for the first time out, I wanted to feel good and have the ball feel good coming out of my hand. The results are what they are at this time of year."
Gonzales signed a four-year extension with the Mariners on Monday.
The deal contains a club option for a fifth season, giving Seattle control over the lefty through his age-32 season and buying out up to two years of his free agency. Gonzales will make $30 million over the first four years of the deal, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The southpaw has emerged as the rebuilding Mariners' top starter over the last two seasons, posting ERAs of 4.00 and 3.99. His 18.7 percent career strikeout rate keeps his fantasy ceiling fairly low, however.
Gonzales (16-13) allowed one run on five hits and three walks while striking out four over seven innings in a loss to the A's on Saturday.
It was a quality start, and in fact an "ultra quality start," but Brett Anderson and company blanked the Mariners and thus Gonzales was stuck with the loss. The left-handed Gonzales ends the year with a 3.99 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 147:56 K:BB in 203 innings. He looks like a lock to make his second straight Opening Day start for Seattle in 2020.
Gonzales (16-12) allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks over seven innings as he took the loss against the Orioles on Sunday.
Gonzales had a nice day on the mound despite getting hit with the loss. He allowed a run to score in the first inning off an RBI double by Renato Nunez but shut the Orioles down until he gave up a solo home run to Chris Davis in the seventh inning. For his not-so-perfect season, Gonzales has been the most consistent member of the Mariners' rotation. The left-hander has a 4.09 ERA and a 143:53 K:BB ratio through 196 innings. He is only 27 and should be a piece the Mariners want to keep moving forward. Gonzales will make his final start of the season Saturday at home against the Athletics.
Gonzales (16-11) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing six hits with zero walks and four strikeouts to earn a victory against the Pirates on Tuesday.
This was arguably Gonzales' best start since April, as it was the first time he didn't yield a run or walk since April 25. Gonzales' numbers are about average across the board, but he's been involved in a lot of decisions, leading to 16 wins and 11 losses. He could finish Top 5 in the American League in wins despite owning an ERA above 4.00. Gonzales, who will pitch next at the Orioles on Sunday, has a 4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 139 strikeouts in 189 innings this season.
Gonzales (15-11) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven through seven innings to earn the win over the Reds on Wednesday.
Gonzales posted 15 swinging strikes as he delivered seven quality innings in the win. The 27-year-old now has nine starts with at least seven innings and allowing two runs or fewer. Gonzales has a 3-2 record with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in his last seven starts. Gonzales is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Pirates at PNC Park.
Gonzales did not factor into the decision against Houston on Thursday, pitching 5.1 innings and giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and five walks without registering a strikeout.
All things considered, Gonzales was fortunate to escape with only four earned runs charged against him. He allowed at least one baserunner in each inning before his departure and threw just 54 of 98 pitches for strikes, leading to a season-high five walks. He also failed to whiff any batters for the first time this season and induced only six swinging strikes. The 27-year-old was handed an early seven-run lead but gave nearly all of it back, departing in the sixth inning after serving up a pair of homers that narrowed Seattle's lead to two. Gonzales now holds a 4.37 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 128:49 K:BB in 175 innings this season. He'll have a home matchup against Cincinnati on Wednesday in his next scheduled start.
Gonzales (14-11) took the loss Friday, coughing up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks over 5.2 innings while striking out two as the Mariners fell 6-3 to the Rangers.
Five of the seven hits off the southpaw went for extra bases, including a sixth-inning solo shot by Danny Santana, and Gonzales got tagged for runs in four of the six frames in which he worked. He'll carry a 4.30 ERA and 128:44 K:BB through 169.2 innings into his next start Thursday in Houston.
Gonzales (14-10) allowed one run on three hits and two walks over seven frames Sunday, striking out five and earning the win over Toronto.
Gonzales was terrific all afternoon, keeping the Blue Jays off the board until an RBI single from Rowdy Tellez in the sixth inning. It was his first start allowing fewer than two runs since July 27, lowering his ERA to 4.17. He'll look for his third straight win Friday in Texas.
Gonzales gave up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five through five innings to take the win over the Rays on Monday.
Gonzales allowed a solo home run in the first inning but found a way to rebound for four scoreless innings before allowing two more runs in his final frame. This was just the second time in his last eight starts that Gonzales failed to pitch at least six innings. The 27-year-old has a 4.30 ERA and 121 strikeouts through 27 starts this season. Gonzales will make his next start Sunday against the Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park.
Gonzales gave up three runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out six through six innings to take the loss against the Tigers on Wednesday.
This one looked ugly in the first three innings, as Gonzales allowed eight hits and three runs. Despite pitching to plenty of contact, the 27-year-old worked his way out of trouble to turn in a quality start. Gonzales has pitched at least six innings in 16 starts this season and has a 4.26 ERA with 116 strikeouts. Gonzales will make his next start Monday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Gonzales left Friday's game against the Rays after taking a comebacker off his left leg, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6.1 innings prior to exiting.
The severity of Gonzales' injury is unknown, though he did fire 98 pitches prior to exiting, so that may have been played a role in Seattle's decision to remove him from the contest. He'll be considered day-to-day until more details emerge.
Gonzales could see his innings limited down the stretch if the Mariners opt to expand their starting rotation to six pitchers, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Gonzales has logged 139.2 innings thus far this season across 24 starts, putting him on pace for approximately a career-high 200 frames for the season. The left-hander is handling his workload very well by and large, going 12-9 with a respectable 4.32 ERA and 1.23 WHIP for a non-contending squad. However, with the possibility that prospects Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn get a crack at the big leagues when rosters expand in September, Gonzales could see his workload curbed as the season nears its end.
Gonzales (12-9) took the loss Saturday as the Mariners were blanked 9-0 by the Astros, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings while striking out two.
The southpaw got touched up for three runs in the first inning and while Gonzales was able to right the ship, his fate was sealed as four Houston pitchers ended up combining for a no-hitter. He'll carry a 4.32 ERA and 101:35 K:BB through 139.2 innings into his next start Friday, at home against the Rays.
Gonzales (12-8) earned the win Saturday against the Tigers after giving up one run on six hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked none.
Gonzales was ahead in the count all afternoon, as he delivered first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 26 batters he faced. The 27-year-old has a 4.21 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 99:33 K:BB through 134.2 innings and has a tough matchup at Houston next weekend.
Gonzales (11-8) picked up the win against the Rangers on Monday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking none as the Mariners bagged a 7-3 victory.
The left-hander was tagged for six earned by the Athletics in his last start, but he bounced back with a solid effort against the Rangers and picked up his 11th win of the season. It's been an erratic campaign overall for Gonzales, as he's shown flashes of brilliance, but has tossed enough clunkers to leave him with a pedestrian 4.37 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 127.2 innings.
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