Ottavino (2-3) took the loss and was tagged with a blown save against Toronto on Monday, allowing six runs on four hits and two walks without retiring a batter. Ottavino was the the hardest-hit victim of a 10-run Toronto sixth inning, getting lit up for a season-high six runs without registering an out. The biggest blow came off the bat of Danny Jansen, who smoked a grand slam to end Ottavino's outing. The veteran reliever's ERA jumped by over four runs to 7.55 due to the disastrous appearance, and he entered the record books as just the fifth Yankees pitcher since 1913 to allow six or more earned runs without recording an out.
Ottavino (2-2) took the loss and a blown save in Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. Ottavino entered the game to start the sixth inning with the Yankees leading 4-3. After allowing a double and a walk to the first two batters he faced, the right-hander retired the next two. He gave up a game-tying single to Manuel Margot two batters later before being replaced by Luis Avilan. The reliever was charged with two more runs when Avilan gave up a three-run homer to Mike Zunino. As of now, Thursday can be viewed as just a slip up, as Ottavino had allowed just one run in his first 8.1 innings to start the season.
Ottavino (2-1) allowed one run on no hits and two walks while striking out one over one inning as he was charged with the loss Friday against the Rays. Ottavino has earned two wins in relief this season, but he picked up his first loss Friday. He came on in the eighth inning of a scoreless contest against the Rays and allowed two walks before giving up a go-ahead sacrifice fly that put him in line for the loss. Despite the blemish on his record, Ottavino has a 1.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over five innings in his first six relief appearances this year.
Ottavino (1-0) allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless 1.1 innings while striking out two, earning the win Sunday versus the Red Sox. Ottavino was called on to get the final out of the seventh inning and then handled a leadoff Xander Bogaerts double in the eighth without trouble. The Yankees rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth, and Ottavino became the pitcher of record. The right-hander has pitched 3.2 scoreless innings to start 2020. Ottavino will likely continue to see late-inning usage even when regular closer Aroldis Chapman (illness) returns to action.
Ottavino recorded a strikeout over a perfect five-pitch fifth inning in Sunday's 1-0 exhibition win over the Braves. Ottavino was about as economical as possible in his fourth outing of the spring, retiring two hitters on first pitches and ringing up Adeiny Hechavarria on three strikes. The 34-year-old turned in a 1.90 ERA while serving as the Yankees' top setup man in his debut season with the team, but he struggled to keep runners off the bases, in large part due to an elevated 14.1 percent walk rate. He's shown much improved control so far in Grapefruit League play, posting a 5:1 K:BB in a four-inning sample.
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