Josiah Gray vs Houston:
“I love his progress,” Nates General Manager Mike Rizzo told 106.7 fans of DC’s Junkies After Josiah Gray flew six goals-less against the San Francisco Giants on the road at Oracle Park earlier this month.
“He’s become a guy you can count on, and we’re not saying he won’t hiccup during the season like a lot of young shooters do, but he shows the characteristics of a guy who can really play and start playing in the big leagues.”
Gray continued that outing with 5 1⁄3 Action innings on the hill against the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, leaving him with a 3.45 ERA, 4.65 FIP, 16 walk, 34 Ks, .219/ .321/ .412 streak versus in six starts and 31 1⁄3 IP in the first month plus campaign 2022.
“Every time we see him go out there every five days, he starts to get better,” coach Davey Martinez told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman after Gray’s start against the Angels.
Martinez continued, “He’s starting to stay inside himself, he’s breathing better. It’s been a great day for him, and I talked to him about it: ‘You’re totally getting better at staying in now and doing your next show.'”
The 24-year-old right-hand man’s No. 7 start has been problematic from the start. Jose Altov jumped across the field at 95 mph and hit it 416 feet to center, on Green Eye to make a home lead and a 1-0 lead, consecutive doubles by Michael Brantley and Alex. Bregman scored in the next two games, leading the Houston Astros 2-0 early.
Bergman scored on one streak to the right by Jordan Alvarez, 3-0.
Yuli Gurriel got every first-field slide Gray threw one into the opening frame, hitting a two-stage shot into left field, 389 feet, 5-0.
Gray threw 21 throws and lost five hits and five runs in the first, but retired in order in the second, and was up to six straight Astros before Jordan Alvarez scored the third home round of the game outside the Nats. The starter, 6-0, took a 95 mph 0-1 fastball to ride to the center of the field at Nationals Park with one in third.
Gray managed to pass the sixth, avoided overtime, and came back after a difficult start, but the gap he and the Nationals were in after leading the first group proved that the club could not overcome it.
Josiah Gray line: 6.0 IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 5KS, 3HRs, 94P, 59S, 2/3 GO/FO.
FRAHM-burrrr keeps bats cool:
Given his 5-0 lead to work with before he topped the hill tonight at Nationals Park, and was leading 6-0 after two and a half rounds, left-footed Framber Valdes worked for the Astros around two back-to-back, 2-out singles in the first, keeping the Nats no-stroke through four after early strikes. , threw 56 relatively effective throws to the 19 hitters he encountered, and hit three of them.
Victor Robles overcame a one-stroke turn from the right side of the court with two fifths, but stranded at the end of a 13-degree frame by Valdes.
Juan Soto lined up single-handedly to finish sixth, but doubled on the reel of Josh Bell to second, and Nelson Cruz finished a ball home in Valdez’s sixth negative frame.
A Stroll to Keibert Ruiz, Maikel Franco’s single, Fly Right by Lane Thomas, where Ruiz flagged and took third, RBI Groundout by Alcides Escobar, in which Ruiz scored, Valdez’s bid to close in seventh, but she was still 6-1 Astros at that point.
The left went back for eighth at 93 shots, had two men, but left two men when manager Dusty Baker went to the Astros Center…
Framber Valdez line: 7.2 IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 6KS, 105P, 68S, 9/4 GO/FO.
Victor Arano took charge of the national team in seventh, and the right-hander retired from the Astros in order to keep the game 6-0 for Houston after 6 1⁄2 in Washington.
Josh Rogers retired from the Astros at the top of eighth place.
Highlight random nats so no one will complain:
Right-handed Rafael Monteiro took charge of the Stros with a two on and two for eighth for the nats, after rookie Framber Valdez ditched César Hernández’s lead single and Nelson Cruz’s single. Keibert Ruiz stepped in with an RBI opportunity, but he rooted for a switch. Still 6-1 Astros.
Paulo Espino threw the ninth inning lead without goals, but the home team came out empty at the bottom of the half.
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