Gregerson closed out the final 1.1 innings, striking out one to pick up his first save of the season in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Mariners. Gregerson bailed out James Hoyt and Reymin Guduan in the eighth inning, stranding two runners when he struck out Nelson Cruz. He went on to pitch a perfect ninth inning to record the save. It's encouraging to see Gregerson being used in high-leverage situations again. Since his ERA inflated to 8.49 on May 4, Gregerson has a 1.75 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 25.2 innings.
Gregerson didn't give up a run in two-thirds of an inning during Saturday's 7-6 win over the Yankees. With several starters hurt over the past month and the fill-ins unable to give the Astros consistent length, the strain on Houston's bullpen has started to show some cracks. On Saturday, it was Will Harris giving up a grand slam. Gregerson entered after Harris to settle things down, though. It was Gregerson's 14th scoreless appearance in his last 15, a stretch in which he's struck out 20, walked five and posted a 1.20 ERA over 15 innings. He's more than halved his season ERA, down to 4.09 after it had been 8.49 in early May. It might be time for him to re-enter the picture for setup work.
Gregerson struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Athletics. Gregerson has allowed two runs while striking out 15 over his last 10 innings. An out-of-sync stretch earlier this season prompted manager A.J. Hinch to replace him with Will Harris and Chris Devenski as the main setup and high-leverage relievers, but Gregerson has been slowly earning back the manager's confidence.
Gregerson (2-2) allowed two runs on two hits while striking out one over one inning in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers. Gregerson, Houston's embattled reliever and former setup man, entered a tied game in the eighth inning on the heels of six straight scoreless appearances. That string of performances, which dropped his ERA to 4.68 after it had been as high as 8.69 this season, imbued manager A.J. Hinch with the confidence to give Gregerson another shot at a high-leverage appearance. And the right-hander appeared to be on his way to a clean inning after making quick work of the first two batters, but a Jonathan Lucroy single followed by Rougned Odor's two-run home run put another blemish on Gregerson's game log. The homer was the sixth one he's allowed in 26 innings, leaving him at a career-worst 2.1 HR/9.
Gregerson (2-1) was unable to hold a lead in the eighth inning Thursday, allowing a run on one hit and two walks in Houston's 7-6 win over Detroit. Gregerson managed to eke out the win when the Astros plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth, but it was not an encouraging performance from the once-reliable setup man. Manager A.J. Hinch had assiduously avoided using Gregerson in high-leverage situations over the past few weeks following a two-game flameout in early May, but the manager reversed the pattern Thursday and nearly paid for it. Gregerson has allowed seven runs, nine hits, three home runs and three walks over his last 7.1 innings.