Clippard struck out one in a scoreless inning of work against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Clippard has not allowed a run in his last three outings, lowering his ERA to 2.50 in the process. The 31-year-old reliever, who has six straight 70-plus inning seasons under his belt, looks to be a solid component in Arizona's bullpen in 2016.
Clippard pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one walk to pick up his first save Tuesday in San Francisco. With regular closer Brad Ziegler having pitched four innings in the last four days and setup man Daniel Hudson tossing a pair of frames last night, Clippard was granted a rare save opportunity with a three-run lead and didn't disappoint. While he has returned strong value early, the veteran reliever still has to leapfrog the two aforementioned options before he could have the ninth-inning role to himself.
Clippard picked up his second win of the young season Tuesday, tossing a scoreless seventh inning while allowing one hit and recording one strikeout against the Dodgers. Daniel Hudson then came on and pitched a scoreless eighth inning with Brad Ziegler giving up one run before locking down his first save of the season. This appears to be the hierarchy in the the Diamondbacks' bullpen to start the season, as Ziegler's other win was also picked up after he pitched the seventh. It's obviously nice to get unexpected wins out of Clippard, but he can't be relied on for those with any consistency, and he appears to be behind Hudson if the closer job every opens up.
Clippard picked up the win in Tuesday's game against the Rockies, his first as a member of the Diamondbacks. Clippard is generally expected to work the eighth inning on most nights, but he entered in the seventh in this one with Arizona trailing 6-5. The righty worked a hitless frame on 11 pitches, then snagged the win when Arizona erupted for six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Clippard pitched 9.1 innings in spring training and had 10 strikeouts for the Diamondbacks. In his 10 appearances, Clippard had an ERA of 4.82 and WHIP of 1.61 throughout exhibition play. He was able to strike out 10 batters, but also gave up six walks as well. The former National will start the year as Arizona's primary set-up man.
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