Osuna notched his 22nd save in Friday's 6-5 victory over the Orioles, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in which he allowed a hit but also recorded a strikeout. The 21-year-old closer extended his scoreless appearance streak to 11 games, which encompasses the entirety of July. Osuna is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities during the month, allowing only four hits over 10.2 frames.
Osuna struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Sunday to pick up his 20th save of the season in a win over the Mariners. He needed just 11 pitches to put the game to bed. Osuna now hasn't allowed a run in eight July innings, lowering his ERA to 2.06 on the season.
Osuna pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out one to earn his 19th save of 2016 Sunday at the Athletics. Osuna was protecting a two-run lead, and the Athletics were unable to start any type of rally against him. He's now held opponents scoreless in six July outings, and he's lowered his ERA to 2.16 on the year.
Osuna finished the first half of 2016 with 18 saves while posting a 2.27 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 39 appearances (39.2 innings). The sophomore is only two saves away from surpassing last season's 20 saves. Osuna has shown improvement in his ability to make hitters swing and miss, as well as command his pitches and limit free passes. He's an elite closer option, and with the team gaining steam, Osuna should be in for a busy second half of the season.
Osuna struck out one Thursday against the Tigers while nailing down his 18th save of the year. For the first time in five appearances, Osuna dealt a clean inning. He's now 18-for-20 in save chances this season and sports a nifty 2.27 ERA and 0.96 WHIP through 39 games.