Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger allowed a run on one hit, he did not walk a batter and struck out one in an inning of work to log his 35th save against the Orioles on Friday night. He has struggled mightily of late and while he picked up a save in this one, he allowed a home run to Steve Pearce, and saw his ERA drift even higher to 3.90 on the year. The Rays don't have a lot of viable options other than perhaps Jake McGee when he returns, so Boxberger could finish out the year as their closer despite his poor performance.
Rays closer Brad Boxberger was unable to protect a 1-0 lead on Monday, as the Yankees rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to take the 4-1 win. Boxberger (4-10, 3.81 ERA), allowed a single to lead off the ninth, but enduced a ground ball double play to the very next batter. But things fell apart quickly. He walked Brett Gardner, who promptly stole second base, and Alex Rodriguez brought him in with an RBI double to tie the game at one run apiece. After an intentional walk to Brian McCann, Boxberger served up a three-run home run to Slade Heathcott, suffering his sixth blown save of the year. Boxberger has now blown four of his last 11 save chances. Monday's outing marked the second time this year that he gave up at least four runs in a single appearance.
Brad Boxberger's last outing on Wednesday resulted in just his fifth blown save of the season, but he was able to rebound Saturday, shutting down the Yankees in the ninth to preserve the Rays' 3-2 win. With the save, Boxberger continues to lead the American League with 34. He was able to retire the side in order in the ninth thanks to three fly-ball outs.
Rays closer Brad Boxberger worked around a walk to close out the 6-3 win over the Orioles on Monday. Boxberger labored, throwing 21 pitches in his scoreless inning, but he was able to successfully record his 33rd save of the season.
Rays closer Brad Boxberger arrived in the ninth Sunday with a one-run lead against tough Kansas City. No muss, no fuss. Boxberger retired the Royals in order to notch his 32nd save. It marked his second straight hitless appearance after having allowed at least one run in each of his previous three while giving up six hits during that stretch.