Miguel Gonzalez gets extra rest but can't finish six innings

The Baltimore Sun

Miguel Gonzalez was pretty down after Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, a game in which the Orioles right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings.

Those numbers alone aren’t disturbing.

But Gonzalez allowed eight hits and four walks in his start. And for the third time in five starts, Gonzalez didn’t complete six innings.

“That was a tough one. First inning was great and then I just had to battle the other innings,” Gonzalez said. “It’s tough to pitch against a team that is playing good. They got three infield hits and a couple broken-bat base hits. That’s a tough one to swallow.”

Gonzalez hadn’t pitched since Aug. 13 – and he usually thrives on extra rest. Heading into Tuesday, he was 7-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 18 career starts with more than four days’ rest. He had six days off in between starts this time and, if things go as planned, he may not start again until Friday, Aug. 30 in New York – which would mark nine days in between starts.

“It’s been helping me out the whole year,” Gonzalez said of getting extra rest. “Buck’s good with that. I’ve just got to keep staying focused and try to win some ballgames.”

Gonzalez hasn’t won since July 20, a span of five starts. But the Orioles hope the extra rest will help be a key contributor down the stretch like he was last year.

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