Bass (1-4) took the loss Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on a hit and three walks over one inning in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rays. Bass entered with the game tied at 2-2, but the Rays were able to sting him for three runs, and the Mariners were unable to get their new closer off the hook. The right-hander had tossed eight consecutive scoreless innings prior to Friday's hiccup, which saw the right-hander's ERA inflate to 3.73 with a 1.12 WHIP in 31.1 innings. Save chances are likely to be few and far between for Bass while pitching for the AL West's cellar dwellers.
Bass picked up his second save of the season and the fifth of his career, working around one hit to fire a scoreless ninth inning against the Padres on Wednesday. Bass is quite the success story; he's gone from being unable to crack the Reds' roster and opting out of his minor-league contract to being a big-league closer in a little over two months. The 31-year-old appears to have taken over since the Mariners dealt Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland at the trade deadline. His K rate is up five percentage points from his career mark, helped by a fastball that has gained three full ticks since 2017 (95.4 mph average). Bass should be added where available.
Bass struck out one in a perfect inning Sunday against the Astros. Though he didn't enter Sunday's contest in a save situation, Bass appears to be in line for closing duties after Roenis Elias was dealt to the Nationals on Wednesday. Bass has registered just one save on the year and has four blown saves, so Matt Magill may also be in the mix if Bass struggles to get the job done.
Bass (1-3) was charged with a loss against the Angels on Sunday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings. He also recorded a strikeout. Tasked with preserving a 3-3 tie when he entered in the bottom of the eighth, Bass got his appearance off to a reasonably positive start by retiring two of the first three hitters he faced. However, he allowed a pinch-hit single to Justin Bour before exiting and then saw Roenis Elias surrender a three-run home run to Matt Thaiss that plated both of the runners that were Bass's responsibility. The 31-year-old has now been charged with a pair of earned runs each in two of his four July outings, leading to a bump in his ERA from 3.57 to 4.43.
Bass did not allow a baserunner over 1.1 innings, striking out two batters and earning the save in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels. It's the journeyman reliever's first major-league save since 2014. Bass has done well in five appearances since signing with the Mariners, with a 1.42 ERA and 0.63 WHIP in 6.1 innings. He's not expected to compete for saves, but the right-hander may be trusted with higher-leverage assignments if he continues to pitch well.