Smith picked up his third save in as many days, firing a scoreless ninth inning while giving up a hit and striking out two in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday. Smith blew a save chance Aug. 6, but he has responded with three consecutive scoreless saves to tighten his grip on the ninth-inning gig in San Francisco. The 29-year-old is experiencing his best season in the majors with a 2.01 ERA and 12.5 K/9 over 40.1 innings coming off of Tommy John surgery.
Smith fired a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout en route to his ninth save of the season in Monday's 5-2 win over the Dodgers. Things were looking bleak for the Giants against a dominant Clayton Kershaw, but a ninth-inning rally allowed Smith to pick up his second save in as many days. The 29-year-old has gone 9-for-10 in save chances since taking over as the Giants' closer and carries a sparkling 2.06 ERA and 12.4 K/9 over 39.1 total innings this season.
Smith got the save against the Pirates on Sunday, striking out two without allowing a baserunner over a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the Giants' 4-3 victory. Smith had given up four earned runs over his last two appearances but he got back on track in this one, making quick work of the Pirates to lock down his eighth save of the season. He's having a fantastic campaign overall, with a 2.11 ERA and a microscopic 0.83 WHIP over 38.1 innings.
Smith fired a clean inning with a pair of strikeouts en route to his seventh save in Sunday's 3-2 win over Arizona. Smith looked dominant in this one, throwing 13 of his 17 pitches for strikes without allowing a baserunner against a tough Diamondbacks lineup. The 28-year-old has flourished since taking over as the Giants' closer June 29, going a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances over that span.
Smith had one strikeout and allowed one hit Tuesday against the Padres during a scoreless 10th inning to record the save. Smith continued his stellar season with the only blemish Tuesday being a two-out single allowed to Manuel Margot. The 29-year-old has a 1.31 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 48:7 K:BB over 34.1 innings on the season.