Despite allowing a run in the seventh inning Monday against the Cubs, Brach recorded his ninth hold of the season. The Cubs scratched runs across in each of the final three innings to complete a comeback win. Brach has nine holds and a save, but his ratios (4.33 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) tell the true story -- one that doesn't include much fantasy value.
Brach (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning, taking the loss Thursday versus Milwaukee. The right-hander began the eighth inning by allowing an Omar Narvaez single followed by a go-ahead two-run home run from Avisail Garcia. That was enough for Brach to take his first loss of the season in 22 appearances. The 35-year-old has been relatively solid with a 3.48 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 25:10 K:BB across 20.2 innings while logging one save and seven holds. Despite Thursday's setback, he should continue to see high-leverage work.
The Reds placed Brach's teammate Tejay Antone back on the IL on Saturday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Brach, who notched a save on Thursday, could be in line for more opportunities. The Reds are unlikely to use just one reliever to notch saves, so Amir Garrett and Heath Hembree are also candidates to close while both Antone and Lucas Sims are out. As Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in the wake of his save on Thursday, Brach is aware Reds manager David Bell doesn't assign specific roles in the bullpen. "At this point, there are really no roles (in the bullpen)," said Brach. "I was ready for any situation there and just really glad to go out there and be able to shut them down."
Brach fired a scoreless ninth inning Thursday, allowing a hit while striking out two to secure the save over Atlanta. Brach's only blemish was a single by Freddie Freeman. He doesn't normally pitch in save situations, but closer Lucas Sims (elbow) just hit the injured list. It's still notable that Brach received the ninth inning over Tejay Antone and Amir Garrett, who've combined for seven saves this season. However, Brach has been stellar and hasn't allowed a run since June 6. The 35-year-old has a 2.51 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.
Brach picked up his third hold of the season in Wednesday's win over the Brewers, throwing a scoreless inning in relief of Tyler Mahle. The Reds are counting on Brach in higher-leveraged situations with Tejay Antone on the IL, as he helped set the table Wednesday while protecting a one-run lead in the seventh inning. Brach hasn't allowed a run in his last five outings, though walks remain a problem for him -- he's issued six free passed in 10.2 innings.
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