Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning, as he closed out the 2-1 win over the Angels on Saturday. Tolleson needed 16 pitches to record his 29th save of the year.
Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Wednesday he will use Keone Kela and Sam Dyson in save situations when closer Shawn Tolleson needs a break, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We can use a different bridge guy now," Banister said. "We can back up those four [Kela, Dyson, Jake Diekman and Sam Freeman]. And give Tolleson a day down, if needed."
Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson didn't become the Rangers closer until late May. But he has certainly made up for lost time. Tolleson snagged his 28th save in just over three months Saturday against Baltimore. He did have to work out of a bit of a jam, but stranded two baserunners in the ninth. The right-hander has surrendered a run in only two August appearances. He has 10 saves in the month.
Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson recorded his 27th save of the season on Friday against the Orioles. Tolleson struck out two batters while giving up just one hit in an inning of work. He has a 2.73 ERA in 59 1/3 innings this season.
After suffering a loss and a blown save in his previous outing, Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson bounced back with an efficient outing on Thursday. Tolleson worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the 4-1 win over the Blue Jays, picking up his 26th save of the season. Tolleson has 13 saves since the All-Star break, which is tops in the game. He has emerged as a reliable closer for the surging Rangers.