Since a rough outing against the Cincinnati Reds more than a month ago, Kevin Gausman has pitched like an ace for the San Francisco Giants.
Meanwhile, Wade Miley hopes for a better performance after struggling in his first start since pitching a no-hitter.
The two veterans square off Wednesdaynight, when the visiting Giants try to win the first three of this four-game set.
On April 13, in his third 2021 start, Gausman (3-0, 1.84 ERA) allowed a season-high five runs, including two-run homers to Joey Votto and Mike Moustakas, over six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 7-6 home loss to Cincinnati. In the right-hander’s five starts since, he has yielded four runs and struck out 41 over 34 innings to go 3-0.
Gausman, who has blossomed into San Francisco’s No. 1 starter, gave up a run and fanned a career-high 12 without a walk over eight innings of a 3-2, 11-inning loss at Pittsburgh on Friday. According to the Giants, Gausman is the first San Francisco pitcher to strike out that many batters since Madison Bumgarner’s 14 on July 10, 2016. Gausman is 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA in five 2021 road starts.
“He’s probably one of the quietest aces I have been around,” Giants catcher and ex-Red Curt Casali told the Marin Independent Journal. “I think the key point is that we’re calling him an ace.”
Gausman, who pitched 15 games for Cincinnati in 2019, won’t have to worry about facing the injured Votto. However, Reds star Nick Castellanos is 6-for-19 with two doubles and two homers against Gausman.
Castellanos, batting .338, clubbed his 11th homer Tuesday in a 4-2 loss to the Giants, who have won three straight and eight of the last 11.
Brandon Crawford and Alex Dickerson each homered Tuesday for San Francisco, which has hit home runs in a franchise-record 15 straight road games.
Crawford is 4-for-20 with two doubles vs. Miley, (4-3, 3.69), who allowed two hits over five innings of a 3-0 victory at San Francisco on April 12.
The left-hander aims for a similar outing to bounce back from Friday, when he allowed season highs of eight runs and 11 hits in three innings — fewest of 2021 — during a 9-6 loss at Colorado. That effort came a week after Miley stymied Cleveland to post the 17th no-hitter in Reds history.
“You have to move on. You can’t dwell on what happened in the past,” Miley said. “Like 20 seconds or three days ago, it doesn’t matter. I did not do a very good job of that.”
Buster Posey, who did not play Tuesday for the Giants, is batting .393 (11-for-28) with three doubles and a homer vs. Miley.
Jesse Winker is among the majors’ top hitters with a .350 average for the Reds, who have lost four of the last six.
–Field Level Media