Ottavino picked up the save after allowing one run on three hits while striking out two across 1.1 innings Monday against the Marlins. Ottavino was called upon with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, and while he was able to escape without issue, he surrendered a run on a pair of doubles and an infield single in the ninth. He ultimately induced a groundball for the final out of a 5-3 victory. Per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, after the game, manager Alex Cora praised Ottavino's effort on a day their usual closer, Matt Barnes, wasn't available after pitching three straight days. "He's in a great place right now," said Cora. "We were short (without Barnes), to have a guy who can do that is huge." Ottavino owns a 2.88 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and a 30:17 K:BB across 25 frames in 2021.
Ottavino retired the side in the eighth inning of Saturday's 7-3 win over the Yankees. Ottavino was protecting a four-run lead, so he was not credited with a hold, but he retired the heart of the order: DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. It was his 10th consecutive scoreless outing, during which he's given up three hits and five walks while striking out 11 over 8.2 innings. He had an inconsistent start with his new club but has settled in with a 2.78 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Ottavino allowed three walks and struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 5-2 win over Miami in a rain-shortened game. Ottavino certainly didn't make it easy, but he was able to escape the jam he created in the top of the sixth inning. The game was called due to poor weather conditions at that time. The right-hander usually serves as setup man to Matt Barnes. Ottavino has posted a 3.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 26:15 K:BB across 20.2 innings this year. He's logged two saves, three blown saves, 11 holds and a 2-2 record in 23 appearances.
Ottavino struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning to earn a hold in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels. The Red Sox had taken the lead a half-inning earlier and went to Ottavino, their usual eighth-inning bridge to closer Matt Barnes, to face the top of the Angels' order. He induced a ground out from David Fletcher, then struck out Shohei Ohtani (swinging) and Mike Trout (called) in one of his best outings of the season. The hold was Ottavino's eighth.
Ottavino worked around a walk in a scoreless inning to record a save against the Tigers on Thursday. With the Red Sox leading 12-9 in the ninth, Ottavino nailed down his first save opportunity of the year. Matt Barnes had pitched the last two games and was presumably getting a breather before the weekend. Over 13 innings this season, Ottavino has compiled a 4.15 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.
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