Sonny Gray knew Thursday night’s game against the Nationals was just seven innings as suspended games had to be made in the afternoon. Gray is determined to keep the pressure on the opposing hitter.
“Every thought throughout the day is to challenge men and take seven opportunities,” says Gray. ‘Throw seven innings, stop running at zero and we’ll win the game.’
Gray doesn’t need double insurance that the Reds’ lineup has put him at the top of the fifth inning at Nationals Park. But he reigned in the Nationals all evening during Cincinnati̵7;s 3-0 win, a win that brought the club to two-thirds in the series.
In his best performance of 2021, Gray gave six innings with two hits, one walk and five hits while throwing 90 pitches, Lucas Sims took the last chance and Notched his third save with a side step back in order.
It was Gray’s first win of the season and he is now 1-3 with 3.40 ERA points in eight appearances.
“Sunny lit up, led us all the way, and Lucas came in and slammed the door,” said Liverpool fielder Jesse Winger. It’s electric “
Here’s a breakdown of Gray’s night by the numbers:
3 – The number of balls that left the field from a Washington bouncer while Gray was throwing.
5 – The sum of the ground was bounced back to the pile for Gray.
“I’m trying to be a soccer player. I have pants and try to play baseball,” jokes Gray.
15 – The total number of slides Gray has thrown away from 90 pitches in games, he is more inclined to the field, especially in the early days.
“It’s my best slide all year. I feel really bad about it. I threw it for a strike, ”Gray said.“ I’m not just throwing a crappy spin – the ball in the left-handed striker’s box all the time. I just trust it in the zone “
8 – This included the so-called fastball and Gray’s four-seam sinker, both of which averaged 93 mph.
“When men are like that, you have to get ready early and get ready to shoot fastball,” said national manager Dave Martinez. Suddenly, now you’re hitting with two strikes, and then it’s really hard. ”
Eugenio Suárez led the game against Stephen Strasburg, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead by hitting a 3-1 pitch to the center-right field for Homer, the series’ second and 11th.
In the Reds’ fifth inning, luck sided with Cincinnati. With one hit for himself, Gray hit the comeback from Strasbourg’s feet only one time into the air and rushed to the first base.
“My uncle Ralph, he texted me two games ago and I hit like a second floor ball and I was just jogging down first,” Gray said. Game, he basically said, ‘run your [butt] Down to the first base, that’s what got you there. You hit the ball, you ran. ‘I was like that, I said,’ OK sir. Okay. I will. ‘”
After a two-goal walk for Suarez, Winker hit the ball in the center of Trea Turner, the shortstop seemed to be ready to take the field purely until it skipped the bag at the second base for the singles. The next RBI scoring Gray was Tyler Naquin, who released a falling ball into the left foul line for the two RBI and three rounds of Cincinnati leaders.
“Whenever you can add one or two with a guy like Strasburg, it’s big, sunny, bright. When we wake up 3-0, you can go out and play if it happens to you, ”Winger said.
After a single by Juan Soto in the first innings, Gray retired 16 of the next 17 battles, with Turner only allowed in the third innings. After that hit, he released nine in a row.
The Nationals walked alone with two of the six by Soto, but Gray, wearing a fiery 115.8 mph ground wire, returned to the mound from Josh Bell to keep his shutdown going. The ball also caught some of Gray’s fingers on his pitching hand, causing them to sting slightly.
That’s when manager David Bell decided to pass the Sims the ball for the seventh inning.
“It’s possible for Sunny to leave,” Bell said. “I think that makes it easier for me to make decisions. I talked to Sunny He felt a bit of pain. I think it’s true, even for the pitcher. But it’s a little shocking to get the ball back at you so badly. ”
Following home 1-6, the Reds grabbed a two-road victory while defeating Strasbourg and Max Cherser in the national team.
“I think a lot of good things happened in this series that were able to win two thirds with this team,” said Bell.