Garrett Gould started his season in the high Class A California League by a having a of couple months to forget. He can take solace in the knowledge that that hardly makes him unique among pitchers to come through the minors’ most hitter-friendly league, and the better news for the Dodgers righthander is that his last two starts have been more encouraging.
Gould, 20, was just 1-5, 5.19 entering his June 6 start for Rancho Cucamonga, when he struck out seven over five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He followed that up with one of his best outings of the year Monday, permitting just two hits and one run over six innings against Lancaster. He struck out six and handed out only one walk.
Gould didn’t figure in the decision and remains stuck on one win in 13 outings, but he’s lowered his ERA to 4.71. His strikeout rate has remained solid with 67 in 63 innings, but part of his problems can be traced to his groundout/airout ratio of 1.33, which is down from a career mark of 1.60e. But once again, he’s been more proficient over his last two outings, inducing eight groundouts Monday and a 12-4 groundout/fly out rate over his last two starts.