Kintzler notched his eighth save in Saturday's 11-9 victory over the Red Sox, pitching a clean ninth inning. The veteran righty needed only 13 pitches to get through the final frame of a wild contest, and turned in his fifth straight scoreless outing in the process. Kintzler hasn't allowed a run in 11 of his last 12 appearances, and has converted all eight of his save opportunities, with five coming in July.
Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing two hits and a walk to earn his seventh save Friday at the Red Sox. Kintzler was protecting a one-run lead and loaded the bases with nobody out before inducing a double play ball and a line out to close out the victory. He's now allowed exactly two hits in four of his last five outings, but he still has a stellar 2.12 ERA to go along with a 1.04 WHIP on the year.
Kintzler allowed two hits, but he didn't yield a run in his sixth save against the Tigers on Wednesday. He hasn't gotten very many opportunities, but Kintzler has converted all six of his save chances. He threw 15 of his 25 pitches for strikes and retired the last two batters with two guys on base. Kintzler now has a 2.20 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.
Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit to earn his fourth save of the year Sunday against the Rangers. Kintzler was protecting a one-run lead and gave up a two-out double before getting Shin-Soo Choo to ground out to end the game. He's now converted each of his four save opportunities, though this was his first since June 21, and he has a 2.28 ERA on the year.
Kintzler struck out two while picking up a four-out save, his third of the season, against the Phillies on Tuesday. Playing in his seventh MLB season, the 31-year-old never had a save in his career before June 8. He now has three in his last six appearances, and his most recent two have required four outs to secure. Manager Paul Molitor appears to like what he sees in Kintzler, and the righty looks to be pulling ahead in the battle to secure the closer role in Minnesota.