Neris struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Marlins on Sunday. Ranger Suarez has been used in save situations recently, but he had pitched on each of the last two days and was charged with a blown save Saturday. As a result, Neris was brought on in the ninth inning Sunday to preserve the Phillies' three-run lead, and he picked up his 12th save of the year. It's not yet clear whether the right-hander could be the favorite for closing duties going forward, but it was encouraging to see him earn his first save since June 25 in Sunday's series finale.
Neris (1-5) took the loss Saturday, giving up two unearned runs on one hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning in a 4-3 loss to the Mets. He struck out one. The Phillies took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning and manager Joe Girardi turned to Neris rather than Jose Alvarado to close the door. Instead, Rhys Hoskins committed a fielding error to put the leadoff man aboard and the right-hander fell apart, walking in the tying run before a Michael Conforto sacrifice fly ended it. Alvarado blew a save attempt Friday after Girardi had suggested the southpaw was now the team's top option in the ninth, and until someone else in the Phillies bullpen shows they can get the job done consistently, Neris will likely remain in the closer mix despite going 11-for-17 on save chances this season.
Neris worked a perfect eighth inning to earn a save over the Mets in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. He struck out one batter. Neris needed just seven pitches to finish off the Mets and split Friday's doubleheader. It was reported that the 32-year-old had lost his job as the Phillies' closer, but Jose Alvarado blew a save opportunity in the first game Friday. At this point, it's unclear who manager Joe Girardi will lean on moving forward. Neris owns a 3.41 ERA with a 35:11 K:BB through 29 innings.
Neris (1-4) took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits during the ninth inning to blow the save Wednesday against the Nationals. Manager Joe Girardi said after the game he'll take Thursday's scheduled off day to "think about" making a change at closer, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. The right-hander threw eight of 10 pitches for strikes, but he caught too much of the plate as Washington tallied two runs on three singles and a sacrifice bunt. Neris now has three blown saves in his past five appearances with six runs allowed over 4.1 innings during that stretch. He had a 1.90 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 29:8 K:BB while going 9-for-11 in save opportunities before his current struggles. Jose Alvarado and Sam Coonrod are likely to be in the mix for saves if Girardi opts to remove Neris from the closer's role.
Neris earned the save Wednesday against the Dodgers after tossing a scoreless inning, although he hit two batters. Neris got the save opportunity after blowing two straight chances. While he got the job done here, it wasn't a quiet outing by any means -- he hit two batters and at one point had the game-winning run at the plate. Despite those command issues, Neris only needed 10 pitches to get the job done and now has 10 saves on the season. The veteran reliever owns a 3.04 ERA and has gone 10-for-14 in save chances thus far.
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