A big reason Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman has taken major steps forward this season is that he’s found ways to put hitters away, whether it’s been by strikeout or by inducing soft contact.
The result has been deeper starts and fewer runs allowed. Gausman has still allowed his share of hits, but has dramatically cut his walk rate from both last season and his career average.
But in Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Gausman took a step back, and his inability to put hitters away with two strikes was his downfall in his shortest nonejection outing in 13 months.
“Kevin just wasn’t able to, when he did get ahead, to put people away like he’s been doing,”...