Clippard was pulled from Sunday's game with one out in the ninth inning after allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. While Clippard got the first save opportunity of the post-Brad Ziegler era, he got the hook after allowing the Dodgers to get within one run, which opened the door for Jake Barrett to nail down his second career save. Daniel Hudson, meanwhile, pitched the eighth inning, which would indicate that he (not Barrett) is next in line for saves if Clippard can't get back on track. Clippard has had a fine season overall, striking batters out at a 29.2 percent clip, and hasn't given up a home run in nearly six weeks.
Clippard will likely become the closer for the Diamondbacks in the wake of Brad Ziegler's trade to the Red Sox on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. Clippard has provided a solid relief role for his club this season, posting a 3.06 ERA with 39 strikeouts over 32.1 innings of work. With Ziegler out of town, he will go back to his role as closer, where he spent some time at during last season with the A's and the Mets. In his career Clippard has only converted 54 saves out of 94 opportunities, and the Diamondbacks could choose to use Daniel Hudson as the closer if Clippard can't finish games.
Clippard pitched 1.2 innings on Wednesday with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed, but that hit was a walk-off home run by Houston's George Springer. The home run came in the 11th inning and was the third Clippard has allowed this season. Despite allowing the walk-off, the veteran reliever has been solid for the Diamondbacks, posting a 2.49 ERA and 10.8 K/9. If he keeps the ERA under 3.00, it will be his fourth straight season with such a mark.
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.