Holland struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his 10th save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Phillies. The veteran closer continues to get the job done. Holland has been scored upon only once in his last nine appearances, and he now sports a 1.99 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 29:10 K:BB through 22.2 innings while blowing only one save chance all year.
Holland closed out the Giants on Sunday, retiring both batters faced to earn his ninth save in a 6-2 win. Matt Andriese allowed a pair of baserunners in the ninth inning, setting up a save situation for Holland. It was Holland's first save opportunity since May 8, when he blew a game against the Rays, and his first successful save conversion in 23 days (May 3).
Holland allowed a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one in Wednesday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Rays. Holland had a chance to close out the game in regulation but allowed a game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning after getting the first two batters out. It was his first blown save in nine opportunities and the second straight game in which he's allowed a run.
Holland picked up the save against the Rockies on Friday, giving up one earned run on one hit over his one inning of work to lock down a 10-9 victory for the Diamondbacks. He had two strikeouts and two walks. It wasn't completely smooth sailing for Holland, but he managed to work around the baserunners to bag his eighth save in as many opportunities to start the season. Overall, the 33-year-old is off to an excellent start, with a 0.75 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and 17 strikeouts over 12 innings, and he's got a firm grasp on the role as the primary closer option in the Arizona bullpen.
Holland struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his sixth save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Yankees. The veteran closer fired eight of nine pitches for strikes in breezing through the ninth. Holland has yet to allow a run this season, much less blow a save, and his 15:4 K:BB through 10 innings is even more remarkable considering his career-low 92.4 mph average fastball.