Casilla allowed a run on one hit with a walk and a strikeout in an inning of work en route to his 22nd save in a 9-7 win over the Reds. This wasn't the cleanest outing for the closer, but he was lucky to have entered the frame with a three-run cushion. Although only 15 of his 27 pitches were strikes, Casilla did still manage to improve to 22-for-26 in save chances.
Casilla earned his 21st save of the season Saturday, nailing down a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. The right-hander allowed a double with one out, but Casilla induced a ground out and then fly out to end the threat. He threw 13 pitches, eight of which were strikes. Casilla is 21-for-25 in save opportunities with a 2.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.
Casilla struck out two to help record the save with a clean ninth inning Monday against Colorado. Casilla has now succeeded in 20 of his 24 save chances this year, and Monday's effort marked just his seventh 1-2-3 save of the year. He has been better of late though, with eight consecutive saves dating back to June 12. He now owns a 2.94 ERA to go with a sharp 44:12 K:BB in 33.2 innings.
Casilla pitched a scoreless 11th inning on one hit and a walk while striking out one to pick up his 19th save of the year Sunday at the Diamondbacks. Casilla was protecting a one-run lead, but had to work around a single to the lead-off hitter, Yasmany Tomas, who advanced to third base with only one out. After blowing his fourth save of the year on June 1, he now has successfully converted his last seven save opportunities.
Casilla notched his 18th save of the season Friday, preserving a 6-4 lead against the Diamondbacks. Casilla bounced back after giving up three runs in a non-save situation Tuesday. It wasn't easy, as he allowed three batters to reach base before finally inducing a game-ending grounder against Peter O'Brien. Casilla's 18 saves ranks 13th among all MLB closers.