Sonny Gray got rocked by the Red Sox on Saturday night. His season-long struggles continued, with this possibly being the worst start to date. He lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. The right-hander issued two walks and failed to record a strikeout.
Gray actually looked sharp to start the first inning. He retired the first two batters on just 10 pitches. An eight-pitch battle against JD Martinez resulted in an infield single, and the wheels came off from there. Gray then found himself in a bases loaded situation with two outs and Rafael Devers at the plate. In completely predictable fashion, the 21-year-old uncorked a grand slam to give the Red Sox a 4 - 0 lead.
It didn’t get any better from there. Gray allowed a pair of runs to score in the second inning. Yankees manager Aaron Boone saw enough after the right-hander got one out in the third.
Tonight’s game perfectly captured the Gray experience. He tediously avoided the strike zone, then got hammered when he fell behind and had to challenge batters. This was painful.
Gray, 28, now has a 5.44 ERA on the season. His peripherals aren’t inspiring any confidence, either. He owns a dreadful 4.38 FIP and unmanageable 3.92 BB/9. There’s not a lot going well for the right-hander these days.