PHILADELPHIA — Josiah Gray reiterated the words “uncompetitive” and “frustrating” following his July 31 loss to the Cardinals, in which he allowed four runs and racked up 95 pitches in five innings.
His next turn in the rotation on Friday drew a similar self-assessment for the disappointed 24-year-old right-hander.
“Not a lot went my way,” Gray said. “Tonight wasn’t my night. Couldn’t really get in the flow, and it’s just definitely frustrating.”
Gray surrendered six runs off five hits — including a career-high four home runs — and three walks on 79 pitches in just four innings. He also recorded four strikeouts in the Nationals’ 7-2 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
“Obviously not something I want to highlight,” Gray said of the career mark. “Any big league hitter’s going to hit a ball middle-middle, especially in a ballpark where it’s flying, the thicker air. It sucks to give up four home runs.”
Gray, who leads all of baseball in home runs allowed (28), ran into long ball problems from the seventh pitch of the game. After fanning leadoff hitter Kyle Schwarber (who entered the game with two homers off him this season), Gray delivered a 93.6 mph fastball to Rhys Hoskins in an 0-1 count that Hoskins belted a Statcast-projected 385 feet into left-center field at 98.9 mph.
With two outs and J.T. Realmuto on third in the first inning, Gray was hit hard by Nick Castellanos…