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Transaction and Schedule Notes
- There were eight games on Thursday with nearly half of the league getting rest going into the weekend.
- The Orioles placed Danny Coulombe on the 15-day IL (retroactive to August 9th) with left-biceps tendinitis. Coulombe has been a big part of Baltimore’s bullpen success this season, appearing in 47 games. He is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA on the year. Baltimore recalled Joey Krehbiel from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Coulombe.
- The Rays optioned Jalen Beeks to Triple-A Durham after he allowed three hits and two earned runs in an outing on Wednesday. That outing raised his ERA to 6.41. Tampa Bay recalled Cooper Criswell in a corresponding move. Criswell has appeared in seven games this season.
HOU 4 – BAL 5
- The Orioles bullpen preserved a nice outing from starter Dean Kremer who went seven innings and earned the win. After Kremer departed, Cionel Pérez and Yennier Cano captured holds by splitting the duties in the eighth inning. Félix Bautista came in for the ninth inning and locked down his 31st save of the season, despite another shaky outing against the Astros. Bautista gave up a double to Jose Altuve and then walked Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker before surrendering a single to Yainer Diaz that cut the Orioles lead to one. Bautista was able to stop any further damage and escaped with the save.
- For the Astros, Phil Maton and Ryne Stanek made scoreless appearances out of the bullpen. They each threw an inning, striking out one.
ATL 5 – PIT 7
SV: Colin Holderman (2)
- After David Bednar’s struggles this week, during which he has allowed earned runs in three straight outings and has blown two saves, the Pirates opted for Colin Holderman in the ninth inning. Holderman responded by locking down his second save. Holderman did allow two hits and an earned run but held on for the victory-clinching save. Thomas Hatch (1-0) earned the win in his debut for Pittsburgh with four innings of relief after starter Bailey Falter was bounced from the game. Hatch gave up two hits and no runs.
- Joe Jiménez was the first out of the bullpen in the sixth inning for the Braves and allowed a hit and struck out one in his inning of work. Brad Hand was next up and surrendered three hits and two runs in the seventh inning before Michael Tonkin threw a scoreless final inning for Atlanta.
MIN 0 – DET 3
- The Tigers took care of the Twins behind a solid performance from starter Reese Olson. Olson went six scoreless innings, striking out eight and only giving up two hits. Once Olson completed his day, Chasen Shreve picked up a hold after throwing a scoreless seventh inning. Beau Brieske received the ball in the eighth inning and threw two perfect innings to pick up his third save.
- Jhoan Duran made a non-save appearance for the Twins and struck out two to lower his season ERA to 2.82. Before Duran entered the game, Dylan Floro had a poor outing with four hits and two earned runs in his inning of work. This was Floro’s worst outing since being traded to the Twins (five appearances) and the first time he has allowed any runs for Minnesota.
TOR 3 – CLE 4
- It was holds all around in the Cleveland bullpen as the Guardians defeated the Blue Jays 4-3 on Thursday, as Nick Sandlin, Trevor Stephan, and Sam Hentges all locked down holds. Hentges was appearing on back-to-back days and struck out two during the eighth inning. Emmanuel Clase captured his 31st save, moving into a first-place tie with Félix Bautista as the American League save leaders.
- Four relievers made appearances out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, and they kept the Guardians off the board. Genesis Gabrera was the first arm out of the pen for Toronto and entered the game for the fifth inning. Bowden Francis was next and pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Tim Mayza continued his excellent season with his scoreless outing, which brought his season ERA down to 1.08. Mayza is 2-1 with 19 holds on the year.
- Kenley Jansen earned his 26th save for the Red Sox as he closed out the ninth inning in Boston’s 2-0 victory over Kansas City. The Red Sox turned to Jansen for the second day in a row on Thursday and despite him allowing a home run in Wednesday’s victory over the Royals. In Thursday’s game, he was unscathed and struck out two. A trio of Red Sox also earned holds in the win.
- This was an opener game for the Royals so starter Austin Cox only threw two innings before giving way to Taylor Hearn. Hearn pitched an inning before Alex Marsh went the rest of the way, throwing five innings of long relief. Marsh gave up six hits and two runs but didn’t garner any run support from his offense.
The best of the rest…
- Not many relievers were needed in the Cardinals 5-2 victory over the Rays as Matthew Liberatore went eight innings for the victory. He struck out seven and allowed only two hits. The only other St. Louis pitcher who appeared as JoJo Romero and he gave up two runs in the ninth. On the Rays side, Cooper Criswell went three innings in long relief after replacing starter Zack Littell.
- Matt Strahm moved to 8-3 after being credited with the win for the Phillies as they defeated the Nationals 6-2. Strahm pitched the sixth inning for the Phillies, giving up a hit and striking out two. Seranthony Domínguez grabbed his 12th hold with an inning of relief.
- Brusdar Graterol locked down his fifth save and Ryan Yarbrough picked up his fifth win in the Dodgers 2-1 victory over the Rockies.
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