Smith was charged with a blown save Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one over an inning of work against the Padres. Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Smith struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a double and game-tying single to take his first blown save since Aug. 24. Despite the blip, the 29-year-old sports an impressive 1.90 ERA and 12.1 K/9 on the season.
Smith fired a shutout inning with three strikeouts and a hit Tuesday against the Padres to collect his 14th save. Smith easily worked around a one-out double, striking out the side en route to his second save in as many nights. The 29-year-old has a sparkling 1.76 ERA and remains firmly in command of ninth-inning duties in San Francisco down the final stretch.
Smith tossed a perfect inning Monday against San Diego en route to his 13th save of the season. The Giants' 11-game losing streak to begin September caused Smith to endure a drought of save opportunities. The club has since reversed its fortunes, allowing the southpaw to pick up two saves over the last three days. Smith, who sports a fine 1.80 ERA, will continue to operate as the primary closing option in San Francisco to close out the season.
Smith allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to record the save against the Rockies on Saturday. Smith labored a bit -- he needed 18 pitches to get the final three outs -- but ultimately managed to record his 12th save of the season without any major difficulty. It was his first save in nearly three weeks, largely due to the fact that the Giants have won only seven games since Aug. 23. Smith appears to still have a handle on the team's closer role, though it isn't likely he'll draw a multitude of opportunities prior to season's end.
Smith wasn't available to close Sunday or Monday due to a scheduled rest period, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Manager Bruce Bochy elected to keep his closer on the bench for two games after pitching in three consecutive contests. Smith is coming off of Tommy John surgery, so the cautious approach makes sense considering the Giants' bleak postseason hopes. Mark Melancon and Hunter Strickland picked up saves in his absence, but Smith should still be considered the top option for saves moving forward after posting a 1.84 ERA with 61 strikeouts over 44 innings.