Gomez allowed a run on two hits and a walk, but escaped Thursday's game against the Braves with his 27th save of the year. Gomez earned his 27th save in 30 chances, but it was an awfully shaky appearance. He allowed the first two batters to reach before inducing a double play, giving up an RBI single and finally shutting the door with a strikeout to end it. The Phillies closer entered the season with one career save, but now has the fifth-most in the NL heading toward the back stretch of 2016.
Gomez required just 10 pitches to retire the Marlins in the ninth inning Wednesday for his 26th save. After blowing a save in the opening game of this series Monday, Gomez pitched both Tuesday and Wednesday, so if there's a save chance Thursday, it'll likely be handled by Hector Neris. The 28-year-old Gomez has responded to winning the ninth-inning role in April with his best MLB season to date, but his meager total of 29 strikeouts in 45.2 innings is pretty bad for a closer. Of course, he's still fifth in the NL in saves.
Gomez blew the save on Monday, allowing two runs in the ninth against the Marlins, giving up three hits and a walk. Gomez hadn't allowed a run since June 23 before Monday's dud. The surprise closer has been sensational for the Phillies, converting 25 of his 28 saves. Gomez has a 2.89 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, but has struck out just 18 in 43.2 innings pitched this season.
Gomez shut down the Mets in order to record his 25th save of 2016. He only needed 11 pitches, seven of which were strikes, to retire the side in the ninth. He struck out one batter. Gomez hasn't allowed a run in his last 8.2 innings. He is 25-for-27 in save opportunities with a 2.53 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 42.2 innings.
Gomez notched his 22nd save with a clean ninth inning in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Royals. The 28-year-old now has three straight scoreless appearances, and has also converted three consecutive save opportunities. Gomez needed only 13 pitches to dispose of Alcides Escobar, Cheslor Cuthbert and the pinch-hitting Christian Colon, and has lowered his ERA in each of his last four trips to the mound.