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Transaction and Schedule Notes
- There were 24 MLB teams in action last night. The Braves, Orioles, Reds, Twins, Mariners, and Nationals were off on Thursday. Five saves were captured out of the 12 games.
- The Diamondbacks optioned recently called-up Justin Martinez to Triple-A Reno to make a roster spot for starter Brandon Pfaadt. Martinez spent two days with the major league club, but did not make an appearance.
- The Guardians optioned Logan Allen to Triple-A, recalling RHP Michael Kelly to take his place. Kelly appeared in four games for the Phillies in 2022, but hasn’t pitched this year in the majors.
- Detroit sent Joey Wentz to the minors and recalled Zach Logue. Logue went 3-8 for Oakland last season.
SD 4 – PIT 5
- Dauri Moreta (4-2) was credited with the win for the Pirates after pitching an inning of relief with one walk and one strikeout. After Moreta left the game, Angel Perdomo entered the game in the eighth inning and got the first two outs of the inning, which gave him his second hold of the season. David Bednar was then called upon to close out the eighth and pitched the ninth as well, striking out three over 1.1 innings and earning his 13th hold of the year. Bednar lowered his ERA to 1.44 for the year.
- Tim Hill blew the save for the Padres after giving up three runs in the seventh inning. He also was dinged with the loss and fell to 1-2 on the year. Luis Garcia relieved Hill and pitched a scoreless rest of the game for San Diego.
MIA 2 – BOS 0
- A.J. Puk threw a scoreless ninth inning to lock down his 13th save of the season. He is 13 of 15 on save chances this season and has teamed up with Tanner Scott to form a nice late-inning duo for the surprising Marlins. Scott notched his 14th hold in this one, while Andrew Nardi was credited with the win (6-1). This was Puk’s second appearance in two days so expect him to rest on Friday.
- For the Red Sox, Brayan Bello had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning, but allowed a hit with no one out. Chris Martin was the first arm out of the bullpen after Bello departed and allowed two hits before Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth. Jansen gave up three hits including a solo shot to Jazz Chisholm.
SF 1 – TOR 2
- Jordan Romano moved into a first-place tie with Emmanuel Clase for the most saves in the league, as he notched number 24 in the Blue Jays’ victory over the Giants. Romano gave up the Giants’ only run of the game but managed to escape with the save. Steady setup arms Tim Mayza and Erik Swanson also appeared for Toronto and earned holds. Swanson is already up to 20 holds this season.
- Tristan Beck pitched two scoreless innings of long relief for San Francisco.
MIL 3 – NYM 2
- The Brewers bullpen held the Mets scoreless after starter Adrian Houser departed after six innings and two earned runs surrendered. Hoby Milner was the first to see action out of Milwaukee’s bullpen and gave up a hit before Elvis Peguero came on and threw three pitches to close out the seventh inning. Joel Payamps pitched the eighth inning and all three relievers earned holds for their work. Devin Williams closed out the game for the Brewers, locking down his 16th save and lowering his ERA to 1.57 on the season.
- The Mets used four different relievers in this one (Dominic Leone, Drew Smith, T.J. McFarland, and David Robertson) but it was T.J. McFarland who took the loss for New York. He fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing one hit and an earned run in 0.1 inning of work.
PHI 3 – CHC 1
- Craig Kimbrel got the nod for the Phillies in the ninth and locked down his 12th save of the season. Kimbrel struck out one and did not give up a hit. He’s looked like Braves-era Kimbrel in June, with a 0.75 ERA, two wins, and five saves this month. Yunior Marte and Gregory Soto also each pitched scoreless innings for Philadelphia.
- Julian Merryweather and Mark Leiter Jr. pitched out of the bullpen for the Cubs. Leiter has 15 holds and three saves on the season, and pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save appearance. He appears to be second in command when it comes to save chances for the Cubs (behind Adbert Alzolay) and Chicago likely decided to roll with Leiter to keep Alzolay fresh for the weekend.
Best of the Rest
- Mason Englert blew his third save of the season during the Tigers game against the Rangers, but still got the win for Detroit as he moved to 4-2 on the year. In a game during which the Tigers used seven pitchers, José Cisnero also earned a hold (9) in the win.
- The Guardians/Royals game went into 10 innings, with the Royals prevailing 4-3. Aroldis Chapman got the win for Kansas City and moved to 4-2 after pitching the 10th inning. Emmanuel Clase fell to 1-5 on the season after blowing his sixth save of the year.
- A day after only needing one pitcher, the Yankees needed five in a 10-4 win over the A’s but no one earned a hold or save in the game.
- Yonny Chirinos pitched six innings of relief for Tampa Bay’s opener Zack Littell and gave up seven hits and three walks, but only one earned run as he earned the victory for the Rays (4-3).
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