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- Houston and Detroit had their Friday match up postponed and will make it up as part of a double header today.
- Eight teams have a scheduled day off Monday and may feel empowered to be a little more aggressive with their bullpens this weekend knowing the built in rest day is on the horizon: TB, TOR, OAK, SEA, TEX, ATL, MIA, SD
- Philadelphia Phillies placed Sam Coonrod on the 10-day injured list retroactive to June 24 with right forearm tendinitis, replacing him in the bullpen with Neftali Feliz. Philadelphia also sent Brandon Kintzler on a rehab assignment.
- Josh James may be close to returning to Houston after being sent on a rehab assignment Friday.
- Cleveland signed free agent Brad Peacock to a minor league contract.
- Arizona Diamondbacks sent J.B. Bukauskas on a rehab assignment.
Matt Barnes recorded his 16th save of the season, pitching around two hits as he closed out the ninth inning of the Red Sox victory over the Yankees on Friday. The outing marked back-to-back outings for Barnes who has thrown a combined 33 pitches in those two games. Barnes may be rested Saturday in favor of Adam Ottavino, who has also pitched in back-to-back days but only combined to throw 18 pitches across both appearances.
Prior to the start of the Phillies’ doubleheader with the Mets, Philadelphia Manager Joe Girardi said he expected Jose Alvarado to get the next save opportunity for his team. It was interesting to see Alvarado out to reliever starter Aaron Nola in the sixth inning of their first game Friday.
Sure, it was a one-run game and sure, the game was only set to go seven innings due to the doubleheader, but seeing Alvarado come out with the expectation of getting the final five outs of the ballgame was a surprise after the comments Girardi made.
Then again, Girardi has made comments in the past regarding his disdain toward providing information to the press about his managerial plans, so perhaps his comments should simply be taken with a grain of salt.
Regardless, Alvarado was credited with a blown save, his second of the year, after cleaning up the sixth inning and then allowing the lead-off hitter of the seventh inning to reach on his own throwing error and ultimately scoring the tying run later in the inning.
Ranger Suarez replaced Alvarado with one out to go in the seventh and went on to do his best Jose Alavardo impression, closing out the seventh inning and then coming back out for the eighth and allowing the walk-off single by Dominic Smith, taking his second loss on the season.
Seth Lugo picked up his first win of the year after pitching a scoreless eighth inning for the Mets, striking out three along the way.
As for the second game of the doubleheader, the Phillies’ bullpen was given another opportunity to work itself out, this time with Connor Brogdon picking up his seventh hold of the year after pitching a scoreless sixth inning and Archie Bradley being credited with a blown save after allowing a walk and a hit and seeing one unearned run score in the seventh. Bradley would be bailed out by a go-ahead run scored by his offense in the top of the eighth, setting up Hector Neris to return and record his 11th save of the season after pitching a perfect bottom of the eighth inning.
Daniel Bard blew his fifth save of the season allowing two runs to score off a walk and a home run in the bottom of the ninth on Friday. The game would go on an extra two innings before the Brewers would ultimately go on to take the contest as Josh Hader and Devin Williams pitched two perfect innings to close it out for Milwaukee. Williams was the last man standings and was credited with his fourth win of the year.
The Blue Jays needed three separate pitchers to get three outs in the eighth inning of the matchup with the Orioles Friday. Tyler Chatwood and Taylor Saucedo combined to record the first two outs, while also combining for four earned runs, two walks, and three hits, with Saucedo being credited with a blown save. Jordan Romano would come in the get the final out and go on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning as well, helping to send the game into extra innings.
Baltimore’s Paul Fry pitched a perfect frame of his own, striking out one through the bottom half of the ninth inning, while Cole Sulser would go on to pitch a scoreless tenth inning after his offense provided him with the go-ahead run in the top portion of the inning. Sulser would end up recording his second save of the year, while Fry was provided his first win.
Will Smith collected his 16th save for Atlanta, striking out two and allowing just one hit in the process. Despite a seventh-inning home run, Luke Jackson and A.J. Minter each recorded a hold as they held Atlanta’s lead through the seventh and eighth innings respectively.
Hansel Robles picked up the save for the Twins, his seventh of the season, despite allowing a home run to Josh Naylor in the final frame. Robles would allow another hit to Bradley Zimmer but would be bailed out by a reviewed throw and tag as Zimmer attempted and failed to stretch it into a double. Alex Colome and Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect seventh and eighth inning as they each recorded a hold.
Richard Rodriguez hit double-digit saves on the season after pitching a perfect final inning for the Pirates, collecting two of his three outs by way of strikeout. The rest of the Pittsburgh bullpen actually provided three holds on the day, with Clay Holmes, Chasen Shreve, and Kyle Crick each pitching scoreless innings as they set up Rodriguez’s save opportunity.
Jake McGee picked up his 15th save of the year after pitching a perfect final inning of his own for the Giants. Tyler Rogers set McGee up, pitching around one hit and striking out two on his way to his 13th hold of the season.
After being a part of the team’s no-hitter on Thursday, Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera were back out on the mound for the Cubs on Friday with different results. Chafin closed out the final two outs of the seventh inning while Tepera was only able to record one out in the eighth inning after allowing a lead-off walk and following it up with an A.J. Pollock home run. Tepera would ultimately be credited with the loss in this one as the Dodgers would not relinquish their newfound lead in the final inning thanks to a scoreless inning of relief by Kenley Jansen.
The Padres used six members of their bullpen on Friday, with each collecting at least three outs and all combining for zero runs, five hits, three walks, and six strikeouts through six and two-thirds innings of work. Late inning options of Mark Melancon and Emilio Pagan were spared in this one however and should be readily available on Saturday as needed.