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Transaction and Schedule Notes
- All 30 teams were scheduled to play on Wednesday, but two games (Tigers/Phillies and White Sox/Yankees) were canceled due to poor air quality caused by smoke moving south from the Canadian wildfires.
- Six saves were recorded out of the 13 games played on Wednesday.
- The White Sox sent Jimmy Lambert to Triple-A Charlotte on an injury rehab assignment.
- The Padres activated Adrian Morejon from the 60-day IL and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso. Morejón is recovering from an elbow injury from March.
OAK 9 – PIT 5
SV: Trevor May (1)
- Trevor May locked down his first save of the season for Oakland. After blowing his last save opportunity on May 25th, May has pitched five consecutive scoreless outings. He and the injured Zach Jackson seem the two relievers most likely to get save chances for the A’s, but the save chances won’t come very often in Oakland. The A’s moved to 14-50 with the win over Pittsburgh.
- The Pirates needed a lot of help from their bullpen as Roansy Contreras allowed seven earned runs and departed in the first inning. Rob Zastryzny came in next and went 1.2 innings before Luis Ortiz pitched five innings of mop-up duty and allowed two earned runs on 10 hits. Dauri Moreta and Angel Perdomo also appeared for the Pirates.
TOR 3 – HOU 2
SV: Jordan Romano (16)
- Chris Bassitt made easy work for the Blue Jays bullpen as he went eight strong innings before Jordan Romano entered in the ninth. Romano gave up one hit but didn’t allow any runs to close out the game for Toronto, earning his 16th save of the season. Romano’s ERA sits at 2.88 and he’s converted 16 of 19 save opportunities.
- For the Astros, Hector Neris fell to 3-2 on the year after allowing the game-winning run to score in the seventh inning. Bryan Abreu pitched a scoreless inning after Neris departed.
- Emmanuel Clase is the first reliever to hit 20 saves in 2023, as he threw a scoreless ninth to preserve the victory for the Guardians. Clase was uneven in the month of May, with three blown saves and an ERA of 4.97. So far in June, he’s looked like the dominant closer we expected him to be, with three saves over the past week. An additional trio of arms had strong games out of the bullpen for Cleveland, as Eli Morgan, Sam Hentges, and Trevor Stephan pitched scoreless innings to earn holds.
- The Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford only lasted three innings before Brennan Bernardino entered in the fourth. Bernardino had a perfect inning before Justin Garza allowed three hits and two earned runs in the fifth inning. Chris Murphy finished out the game for Boston, going 3.1 innings in his major league debut.
- There was no need for anyone to warm up in the Rangers bullpen on Wednesday, as Jon Gray took the hard-luck complete game loss. Gray threw a four-hitter and struck out 12; his only blemish was a solo home run allowed to Alec Burleson.
- Jordan Hicks got his first win of the season for the Cardinals allowing one hit and striking out one in his inning of work. The duo of Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley continue to earn the late-inning work for St. Louis. Gallegos worked the eighth inning for his fifth hold before Helsley stuck out two in the ninth inning for the save. Helsley is now 3-4 on the year with seven saves and a 3.24 ERA. He has not looked as dominant as he was in 2022.
NYM 5 – ATL 7
SV: A.J. Minter (8)
- Kirby Yates blew the save before Nick Anderson and A.J. Minter righted the ship for the Braves, who beat the Mets 7-5 in a game in which Max Scherzer allowed 11 hits. Anderson moved to 4-0 and Minter collected his eighth save as they each threw scoreless innings.
- For the Mets, Dominic Leone relieved Max Scherzer in the sixth inning, before Brooks Raley and Adam Ottavino each allowed an earned run. It was the first earned run allowed for Raley since late April, but he was hit with the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season.
The Best of the Rest…
- The Rogers brothers made their mark for the Giants in their game against the Rockies. Taylor Rogers got the win and moved to 2-2 on the year with a scoreless inning of work, while Tyler Rogers earned his 12th hold of the season. Camilo Doval struck out one in the ninth inning to lock down his 15th save. Justin Lawrence received the loss as he blew a save opportunity. Lawrence allowed two earned runs in two innings pitched.
- Ben Joyce earned his first career win for the Angels, pitching a scoreless inning of relief during which he walked three batters to load the bases, but escaped the jam unscathed.
- During the Dodgers/Reds game which featured Elly De La Cruz’s first career home run, a 458-foot shot, relievers came away with both the win and the loss in the box score. For the Reds, Alexis Díaz earned his second win after striking out two and not allowing a hit. For the Dodgers, Evan Phillips appeared in his second straight game and fell to 1-2 on the year after allowing the game-deciding walk-off home run.
- In a low-scoring affair that saw the Rays prevail 2-1 over the Twins, Kevin Kelly, Robert Stephenson, and Colin Poche notched holds for Tampa Bay. Jason Adam blew his fourth save opportunity out of 13 chances but earned the win. For Minnesota, Jhoan Duran allowed only his fourth earned run of the season and was tagged with the loss when he gave up a home run in the ninth inning to Randy Arozarena. Duran is now 1-2 with eight saves and a sterling 1.57 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
Bullpen Depth Charts
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