Gallen retired the first 11 batters he faced, striking out five in a row. He struck out the side in the eighth. The right-hander allowed one run and two hits in a career-best eight innings.
The D-backs bullpen took their MLB leading 37th bullpen loss of the season, wasting a career performance by Zac Gallen and a clutch homer by Christian Walker in the process. Mookie Betts lined a single to left off of Joe Mantiply to drive in the winning run in a 3-2 Dodger victory. The inning was set up by the Dodgers loading the bases against Reyes Moronta, who took the loss, and Mantiply was charged with a blown save.
His dominance may come as a surprise because of his 6.95 ERA at Triple-A Reno, but D-backs senior vice president and assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye said there’s more to his skill set than the raw data.
“Reno and the [Pacific Coast League] is a very hyper-offensive climate,” Sawdaye told Arizona Sports’ Wolf & Luke Wednesday. “You have to look at the stuff and how [pitchers] execute pitches.
Kelly has always evaluated his performance based not just on how effective he was on the mound but in how deep he pitched into a game. He prides himself on keeping his team in a game into the late innings while lightening the load on the bullpen.
“As a starting pitcher, I take that part pretty seriously,” he said, noting that the more he goes deep into games, the more likely he is to give his team a chance to win.
The 37-year-old journeyman played for Tampa Bay, Oakland, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Arizona and Atlanta, joining the A’s for a second stint this year. He will be honored at Oakland’s final game of the season, at home Oct. 5 against the Angels.
Seeking to match Roger Maris in single-season home run history at 61, Judge (0-for-2, three walks) came up with one out and nobody on base in the ninth inning.
With the entire Stadium standing and cheering – and then going silent – Judge drove a towering fly that dropped into Enrique Hernandez’s glove, a few feet from the wall.