Cingrani worked around a pair of walks to record his 16th save Tuesday against the Rangers. It hasn't always been pretty, but Cingrani has now converted 11 straight save opportunities dating back to early June. The righty has held opponents scoreless in 11 of his last 12 appearances, but an implosion on Aug. 8 (five runs in 0.2 innings) still has Cingrani's ERA skewed to appear unimpressive at 3.54.
Cingrani notched his 15th save of the season by striking out one in a clean ninth inning Wednesday home contest against the Marlins. Wednesday marked the first time all season in which Cingrani picked up the save on back-to-back nights. He's now converted his last 10 save chances, and hasn't allowed a run in 15 of his last 18 appearances. The closer has fared much better at home this season, posting a 2.60 ERA compared to his 4.94 ERA on the road.
Cingrani picked up the loss Monday night against the Cardinals, giving up five runs on three hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch, recording just two outs. The Reds have experienced so many rough losses at Busch Stadium, their house of horrors since the new stadium opened, but this was among the most surreal. It doesn't count as a blown save because the inning started with a 4-0 lead. The game ended when Ross Ohlendorf, who came in with the game 4-3, hit yet another batter after walking a batter with the bases loaded to tie the game.
Cingrani pitched a clean ninth inning in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Padres, recording two strikeouts. The Reds closer was razor-sharp, firing 11 of 16 pitches for strikes. The 27-year-old now has four straight scoreless outings and has converted three consecutive save chances while turning in his best month of the season in July.
Cingrani allowed a hit, but he earned his 12th save of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Giants on Wednesday. He threw 11 of his 17 pitches for strikes on his way to inducing a ground out, fly out and foul out. Cingrani has converted his last seven save opportunities since June 10. He also has a 1.86 ERA this month.