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- Between two doubleheaders in New York and a continuation in D.C., we had a pretty full Thursday compared to previous weeks. Only Boston, Minnesota, Houston, and Atlanta had the day off.
- Philadelphia and Tampa Bay have a rare scheduled Friday day off and will square off against each other in a two-game set this weekend in St. Petersburg.
Injuries and Transactions
- Chicago White Sox sent Jace Fry on a rehab assignment and placed Michael Kopech on the bereavement list.
- Baltimore Orioles activated Dillon Tate from the 10-day injured list.
- Edwin Díaz pitched a perfect seventh inning in the Mets’ first game of their doubleheader against the Rockies, picking up his ninth save of the season.
- With Díaz pitching in the first game of the doubleheader, the Mets turned to the remainder of the bullpen to finish off Joey Lucchesi’s short start in the second game. Five members of the bullpen combined for three and one-third innings, four strikeouts, four hits, and zero walks while giving up just one run. At the end of it all was Jacob Barnes, who picked up his second save of the season after collecting just the final out of the game. Robert Gsellman has pitched the start of the seventh inning, collecting the first two outs but allowing Charlie Blackmon to score after hitting him to lead off the inning.
- The Reds and Nationals finished up their delayed game from Wednesday before starting their scheduled Thursday match. Austin Voth vultured his first win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings to “start” the continuation for the Nats, while Brad Hand picked up his eighth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning without collecting any strikeouts.
- The second game of the day was only allowed to go seven innings, allowing Lucas Sims to pitch a perfect seventh inning for his third save of the season. This is now Sims’ second save in the past three days, with his first save coming way back on April 12th.
- Jordan Romano ensured that Alek Manoah would be credited with his first major league win in his debut, pitching a perfect seventh inning in the first game of their doubleheader. It was just Romano’s second save of the season. Romano has now seen action in three of the past four days and may see a day off Friday to rest up for the rest of the weekend.
- With Aroldis Chapman battling some sort of illness according to manager Aaron Boone, Chad Green was given the ball to close out the second game of the Yankees’ doubleheader with the Blue Jays, picking up his second save of the season, while Jonathan Loáisiga picked up the win after relieving starter Jordan Montgomery with just one out left to get in the fifth inning.
- Despite the efforts of Devin Williams and Trevor Richards to completely hand over the game to the Padres earlier in the evening, the Brewers gave Brent Suter his fourth win of the season via Jackie Bradley Jr./strong>’s walk-off single in extra innings. Richards and Williams combined for five earned runs off seven hits and a walk through three innings and each was credited with a blown save. Josh Hader stopped the bleeding with a perfect ninth inning, sending the game to extra innings. Hader has now been called to the mound in back-to-back games and three of the past four days.
- Cleveland scored an extra run in the top of the ninth inning, extending their lead over the Tigers to four runs and putting the save opportunity out of reach for James Karinchak. Karinchak would not be deterred, giving up a run off a hit and a walk, to bring the score back within three. Though that’s the score that would stick, still no save for Karinchak.
- As suggested, Ryan Tepera was used to close out the Cubs’ match-up against the Pirates Thursday, after seeing closer Craig Kimbrel pitch in back-to-back games (and three times in the past four days). Tepera picked up his first save of the season and his first save since 2018. With the Pirates down by a run, Richard Rodriguez pitched the final inning for Pittsburg and gave up just his second earned run of the season off two hits.
- Yimi Garcia picked up his third loss of the season as he allowed a single run to score in the top of the ninth inning with the Marlins and Phillies tied at two apiece going into the inning. Jose Alvarado got lucky on that one as he was the one that allowed the Marlins to tie the game in the first place, giving up a run of his own in the eighth inning off a hit and three walks. Alvarado was credited with both a blown save and the win after Hector Neris closed out the bottom of the ninth, pitching around one walk and collecting a single strikeout to earn his ninth save of the season.
- Both Rafael Montero and Keynan Middleton pitched a scoreless inning, with Montero allowing two hits in the eighth and Middleton one hit in the ninth for the Mariners. Both pitchers came in with their team up five runs, so neither was pitching in a save opportunity in this one, but it may be interesting to note the order in which they were used in addition to the fact Montero was matched up with the bottom three of the Rangers’ line up, while Middleton took care of the heart of the order in the final inning. This outing also marks Montero’s third appearance in the past four games, giving Middleton the leg up on a Friday save opportunity.
- Kenley Jansen picked up his 12th save of the season, collecting two strikeouts in his perfect ninth inning on Thursday. Victor Gonzalez pitched himself into a win after allowing a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning, tying the game. A Max Muncy solo home run gave the Dodgers’ the lead back in the bottom of the inning, setting up Nate Jones‘ fifth and Blake Treinen’s 12th holds of the year as they set up for Jansen’s save.
- Diamondback’s closer Stefan Crichton took his fourth loss of the season as he allowed his inherited runner to score in the tenth inning off just one hit. Alex Reyes walked away with the win for the Cardinals, allowing just one walk in his ninth inning, while Daniel Ponce de Leon picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 10th inning to close it out. The outing marks the second in a row for Reyes, who has thrown at least 20 pitches in each of the two appearances. Look for Giovanny Gallegos to take the ball in the final inning Friday if a save opportunity presents itself.
- Chris Bassitt gave the Oakland bullpen the day off with his complete game performance Thursday. Still, after throwing 30 pitches on Wednesday, Jake Diekman could be rested an additional day Friday making Lou Trivino the expected man up in the ninth inning for the A’s.