Lauer didn't factor into the decision against the Diamondbacks on Friday, despite giving up just one earned run on seven hits over 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one as San Diego eventually prevailed 3-2 in extra innings.
It was an excellent outing for the left-hander, but he wasn't able to nab his seventh victory of the season in a low-scoring contest that took 15 innings to decide. Lauer has been on a nice run of late, as this was his fifth straight appearance in which he's given up two or fewer earned runs. However, his numbers on the season remain unremarkable, with a 4.42 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP and a 100:46 K:BB over 112 innings.
Lauer allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four across five innings Saturday against the Rangers. He did not factor into the decision.
Lauer allowed a solo home run to Joey Gallo in the second inning, the only run he allowed while on the mound. He was charged the second run after the Padres' bullpen was unable to strand a baserunner he had allowed prior to being pulled. Regardless, Lauer has pitched effectively across his last three outings, allowing only two earned runs in 14 innings to go along with 14 strikeouts. The downside to Lauer is his inability to pitch deep into games, as he has surpassed five innings pitched only twice in his last ten appearances.
Lauer (5-7) settled for a no-decision Thursday, lasting four innings while allowing two hits and three walks. He stuck out eight.
Making his second start following a stint on the disabled list, Lauer was pulled after throwing 86 pitches. The young lefty cruised through the first three innings, but he loaded the bases to start the fourth frame and was able to successfully work his way out of the jam. The eight strikeouts tied his highest total of the season, and he hasn't allowed an earned run in nine innings since returning from the disabled list. He'll look to pitch deeper and keep things rolling in his next start, which is currently slated for Wednesday against the Mariners.
Lauer allowed one run (none earned) on no hits and two walks while striking out two across five innings Thursday against the Rockies. He did not factor into the decision.
Lauer had little trouble working through the Rockies' lineup through three innings, but his control and the Padres' defense let him down in the fourth inning. He put two runners on base -- one via walk, the other was hit by a pitch -- with consecutive errors allowing his only run of the start to cross the plate. He wasn't particularly deceptive as he generated only three swinging strikes, but it was an effective start considering it was his first time taking the mound after a month-long absence. After lasting only 81 pitches, he'll look to work deeper into the game in his next start at Arizona on Tuesday.
Lauer's forearm strain appears to be a minor one, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Forearm strains often lead to more significant injures, but Lauer appears to have dodged a bullet this time. Both the pitcher and his manager Andy Green expect him to be able to return sometime in August.
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