Soria (0-2) allowed two runs on two hits and struck out one in one inning to take the loss Saturday versus Milwaukee. Soria gave up back-to-back solo shots to Christian Yelich and Omar Narvaez in the eighth inning. It's the right-hander's second loss in as many outings. He's posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 10:4 K:BB across 12 innings this year. The veteran reliever has added a pair of holds, but he's shown some inconsistency to begin June.
Soria (0-1) allowed an unearned run on two hits and struck out one in one inning in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday. Arizona's defense in the ninth inning faltered. Francisco Lindor hit a single and reached second on an error, then advanced to third on a passed ball. Soria then allowed an RBI single to Pete Alonso for the game's decisive run. Through 11 innings this year, Soria has a 3.27 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB with two holds. He's in the mix for high-leverage work, but he's been a little generous with baserunners so far.
Soria allowed two runs on three hits in the eighth inning of Monday's 5-2 win over the Marlins. Soria entered in the eighth inning of a 5-0 ballgame and was touched for a two-run home run by Jesus Aguilar. This marks the second time in his last three appearances that Soria has allowed runs. The Diamondbacks are looking for him to be part of the endgame -- if not as closer, then as an eighth-inning bridge to Stefan Crichton -- but he's allowed nine baserunners over 3.2 innings.
Soria allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in Friday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Mets. This was Soria's second appearance since coming off the injured list and first in a high-leverage situation. He entered a tied game to start the ninth inning and got the game into the 10th. Manager Torey Lovullo suggested to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Soria's ready to start protecting leads. "I feel very good about where Joakim is," Lovullo said. "I feel like he's ready for the next set of challenges." The manager hasn't set roles for his bullpen, something he said was due to injuries and a revolving door of success and failure, but it sounds like Soria could receive save opportunities along with current closer Stefan Crichton.
Soria allowed two runs on three hits while striking out one over one inning in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to Miami. The outing was a low-leverage spot, coming in the seventh inning of a 6-0 game, but it was his first game back from the injured list after missing a month to a calf injury. Once he's fully up to speed, he'll likely see work as one of manager Torey Lovullo's end-game options.
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