Has Josiah Gray recovered?:
Manager Davey Martínez said he wanted Josiah Gray to start last week against the Blue Jays in Toronto after he threw a total of 63 pitches in the second inning, 40 in the second, and allowed four hits and four walks. made the decision to terminate. Unstable appearance 4 earned points.
“He threw 40 pitches, [second] I thought an innings was enough,” he explained in his post-game comments.
“He looked like he was having a bit of a hard time with the mechanics.
“Physically, mentally, I think I’m fine. And he was pushing a lot of pitches. So for me, I just didn’t want to send him back there.”
Asked what was wrong with Gray’s mechanics, Martinez elaborated.
“He was flying really badly open, he couldn’t stay behind the ball, he pushed the ball a lot and his mistakes were far,” Martinez told reporters.
“So we’re going to talk to him, watch the movie and make him feel better before his next start.”
The rough game pushed Gray’s ERA past 4.00 for the first time since early April (to 4.05).
“We have work to do,” Martinez said. “We will continue to look at some things. We will continue to work with him. Return to the zone.”
He spoke with the starter about the workload and said he would consider the possibility of being off, but ultimately the Nats captain decided to send Gray on schedule.
“We just didn’t have that today,” Gray said in Toronto. Quoted by Mark Zuckerman of MASN:
“I find I’m a solid pitcher when I’m in the strike zone.” [Gray] Said. “I’ve been having trouble lately and I can’t get the ball into the zone as much as I used to.
“We have to work on that and get back to being the pitcher that we know we can be.
“This month has been a pretty tough month for me in terms of doing this job. “
Martinez said he liked what he saw when Gray threw in the bullpen between trips.
“Very good. Really good,” Martinez said.
“He had a lot of strikes. He toned it down a little bit. The focus was to hone his mechanics a little bit and throw more fastballs and throw them in the zone. Today he was really hitting the zone. , it was encouraging and hopefully they will carry that to Sunday’s game.”
What is the focus of your work between starts?
“His instructions,” said the manager. “His direction wasn’t what we saw last time. It hit the spot in the bullpen today. So he’s got a lot to do. His fastball is hard. The two-seamer was good. His changeup was really, really good, so I encouraged him to throw a little more in the next game. His cutter was good, too. He looked great.”
So it was decided to send Gray back there again.
“Yes, he will start on Sunday.”
Before yesterday’s game, Martinez spoke about what to expect from Gray and what to expect once the pitcher is back on the mound in a game.
“Strike,” he said simply.
“Competing, throwing a few strikes, throwing an early strike, going first early, commanding the fastball. That thing. The biggest thing is his direction. Head on target, strike zone.” And then he did it and he kept the ball down.
Against the Miami Marlins in the capital (after holding Fish to two runs and one earned run in seven innings on a road trip at Lawn Depot Park in May), Gray struggled again and abandoned home. . Luis Araez hit front right on the fifth pitch, Josh Bell hit a line drive single, and Jaz Chisholm Jr. grounded a double after one out.Rookie Jacob Young lost to the sun on the ball in left-center), then pushed in two more points on three consecutive walks to end the first frame with 32 on 3-0.
Gray needed just 12 pitches in 1-2-3 seconds and 21 in a scoreless third with HBP and a two-out single.
With a DP of 6-4-3, one-out walks were erased, and in the fourth time of 24 scoreless balls, a total of 86 points were lost, and he was replaced by the mound in the top of the 5th inning.
Josiah Gray quotes: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR, 86 P, 51 S, 3/4 GO/FO.
“He galvanized the strike,” Martinez said after a 6-4 loss to Fish that put the Nationals 2-11 against their NL East rivals this year. “At first there were a few hitters, then the bases rang, and then the fly disappeared into the light. From that point on he started to pick up speed and I think he walked a few in a row. But, Then he ended up hitting 10 of the 12 hitters, and I liked it, and he was at bat.”
“Overall, when he first started, I thought this was pretty good,” Martinez added.
“He was right there at bat, doing everything we asked him to do from the bullpen. And like I said, the situation was just that. He got a little hurt. , I lost control of my emotions. “
Gray reacted emotionally when he missed the second goal, yelling at his teammates for losing the ball in the sun, but he regrets it and his manager doesn’t want to see him again. It is said that
“Oh, I don’t want to see that,” Martinez said.
“If he wants to play and he does, we’ve discussed it after the fact. One of our veterans responded as well and talked about it. All good. But he said, it’s here. I understand that it should be done with
“But like I said, it’s going to be frustrating. You have to remember what you’re doing and go out and just keep competing.”
“I just don’t have the personality to show that much frustration,” Gray said, explaining his actions.
“I have already apologized to the players for that.
He had an emotional outburst on the opening mound as well as in the immediate aftermath of the inning.
“I think that fly confused me for a moment.
“He wants everything to go well,” Martinez said. Quoted by Mark Zuckerman of MASN.
“Not just for him, but for the team. He wants to be able to play six or seven innings. And suddenly things get out of hand when he starts walking everyone and giving up running. Heartbeat.” You have to be able to control the numbers and move on to the next pitch, but you don’t have to worry about that.”
“Lane Thomas hit a home run in his second straight game of the season (August 6th to 8th),” the Nationals said in the pregame notes for Sunday’s series finale against Miami. “He hasn’t hit a home run in three straight games.”
Thomas pinch-hit against Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantra with one out in the first, hitting a 99.6 mph, 0-2 fastball high in and out and over left.Exit speed 109.6 MPH) and from 106.7 the FAN in DC radio booth on the concourse… 431 feet from home. Lord.
Thomas’ 23rd game of the season led the Nationals to an early victory after Fish jumped out with a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Thomas went 3-for-5 with an early homer and five RBIs in the losing game, batting .285/.334/.484 with 32 doubles and 23 homers in 136 games. He reached 585 plate appearances for the year.
But seriously, look at this shot.