Pomeranz retired the only batter he faced Tuesday to pick up a save against the Dodgers. Saves don't come much easier than the one Pomeranz nabbed Tuesday as the right-hander needed only one pitch to induce a flyout and close out the win. He entered with a pair of runners aboard with two outs in the ninth inning, though he had plenty of margin for error as the Padres were ahead by four runs. The save was the second in as many days for Pomeranz, who entered the campaign expected to fill a setup role but has instead tallied four saves on the season, tied for fourth most in baseball.
Poweranz earned the save Monday against the Dodgers after tossing a perfect ninth inning. Pomeranz didn't record a single strikeout in his lone inning of work, but he still recorded the three outs easily -- he got Max Muncy to fly out, Chris Taylor to ground out, and A.J. Pollock to pop out. Pomeranz has been perfect in save opportunities (3-for-3) and is yet to allow a run in eight appearances (7.1 innings) while posting a 10:3 K:BB this season.
Pomeranz notched a one-out save against the Rockies on Friday. Pomeranz came into the game due to Kirby Yates' struggles, and he earned the save when he induced a Chris Owings flyout to center. The left-hander has not given up a run in five appearances this season, posting a 7:1 K:BB with two saves and two holds. He should remain one of the most important arms in the Padres bullpen this year, and he would be the first in line to take over the closer role if Yates' struggles continue.
Pomeranz struck out the side in the ninth inning against the Giants on Tuesday to earn his first save of the season. Pomeranz dealt with a leg issue early on in summer camp, but that seems to be firmly behind him given that he's turned in three scoreless appearances with a 6:1 K:BB already this season. After the game, manager Jayce Tingler insisted that regular closer Kirby Yates is fine, per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com; they simply decided to give Yates an extra day of rest after he labored Sunday. Even if Pomeranz does not end up seeing many more save chances the rest of the way, he's still worth rostering, at least in the majority of leagues with nine active pitching slots.
Pomeranz (leg) will continue to pitch as scheduled, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Pomeranz was pulled from Sunday's intrasquad game with a leg issue, but the move was made due to an abundance of caution and the 31-year-old is slated to stick to his normal throwing routine. Pomeranz figures to be a key piece of San Diego's bullpen this season after posting a 1.88 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 47.2 percent strikeout rate in 28.2 innings as a reliever last season.