Barnette retired only two of four batters faced, but kept the Mariners off the board Tuesday during the Rangers' 3-1 win. Entering the contest in the seventh inning with one out and nobody on, Barnette immediately put himself into hot water by loading the bases with a walk and back-to-back base hits. Fortunately, he was able to escape the inning unscathed by picking Yonder Alonso off third base, then coaxing a lineout from Ben Gamel. Barnette has yielded just one run in his last nine appearances and seems to have established himself as one of manager Jeff Banister's most trusted late-inning options.
Barnette managed to pick up his second save despite allowing one run on one hit with three walks and one strikeout in the ninth inning Sunday. Barnette entered after Jason Grilli allowed two base hits without recording an out to open the ninth. While Los Angeles was able to trim a 7-3 Texas lead to 7-6, Barnette eventually got the job done by getting Luis Valbuena to ground into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded. He'll continue to mix in during the ninth inning even though this outing did little to gain manager Jeff Banister's trust.
Barnette threw a scoreless 10th frame during Wednesday's win over the Angels to pick up his first save of the season. Jose Leclerc initially came in to close the game out in the 10th, but after Leclerc walked the first two batters he faced, manager Jeff Banister turned to Barnette, who allowed just one hit en route to his first career big-league save. Still, he owns an unimpressive 5.08 ERA in 44.1 innings this season, so don't expect him to see many, if any, save opportunities the rest of the way. Alex Claudio, who tossed two scoreless innings Wednesday, is still the Rangers' top option for saves, while Barnette will stick to a setup role with Matt Bush (knee) sidelined.
Barnette covered two scoreless innings in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox. He gave up one hit and struck out two in the outing. Barnette has been dynamite in relief since the All-Star break, submitting a 2.70 ERA and 20:4 K:BB in 16.2 innings over 10 appearances. Despite his success, the right-hander still remains behind closer Alex Claudio and Jose Leclerc in the bullpen pecking order, but Barnette could see more setup opportunities in the contests to come if Matt Bush (concussion, knee) ends up landing on the disabled list.
Barnette tossed three shutout innings in relief in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Orioles. He gave up no hits and walked two batters while striking out six. The Rangers may have found a niche for Barnette as a long man out of the bullpen, as he's looked dominant in that capacity his last two times out, covering 5.1 scoreless innings and registering 10 strikeouts. Despite his recent success, the 33-year-old is still sitting on a 5.35 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 33.2 innings, though a 41:11 K:BB and 3.68 FIP paint a rosier picture.