Tyler Thornburg has pretty much been nails since taking over the ninth-inning role for the Brewers following the trade deadline deals of both Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith. He’s accumulated the second-most WAR among qualified relievers over the last month (0.6 WAR) thanks in part to a pretty 0.00 ERA (2.71 FIP) and successfully converting five saves in six opportunities. Tonight, Thornburg needed four outs and 33 pitches (18 strikes – eight called, one swinging) to earn his 10th save of the season, but surrendered a hit and a couple of free passes along the way. All is green in Milwaukee for Thornburg.
Alex Colome surrendered a pair of hits in Baltimore tonight, but also fanned a pair of Orioles to seal his 33nd save of the season in a 7-6 victory for Tampa Bay. Colome needed just 13 pitches (10 strikes – one called, one swinging) to close out Baltimore. On the year, Colome is 33-of-35 in save opportunities with a 1.97 ERA (3.08 FIP) and a 11.8 K/BB in 60.1 frames on the hill. He owned a career best 15.8% SwStr%, 25.1% K-BB% and 51.8% GB% prior to Thursday’s action. Bradley Boxberger picked up the win on the Rays’ behalf — his fourth of the season.
Dellin Betances served up four earned runs on three hits and a walk to earn the blown save — his fifth of the season — and the loss — his sixth on the year — in a crucial loss to their chief rival Red Sox, 7-5. The Yankees’ right-hander is now 11-of-16 in save opportunities with a 2.83 ERA (1.71 FIP) and a 15.43 K/9 in 70 innings in ‘16. Despite the seven earned runs allowed in the past week or more, Betances will remain green in New York.
Quick Hitters: Patrick Corbin picked up his first save and second of his career tonight in a three-inning effort while striking out four. Jason Grilli (19), Joaquin Benoit (16), Tommy Layne (10), Danny Farquhar (4), Erasmo Ramirez (14), Alex Wimmers (1), Carlos Torres (15) and J.T. Chargois (2) notched holds on Thursday.
[Green light, yellow light, red light: the colors represent the volatility of the bullpen order.]