Chafin saved Saturday's 3-1 win over the Angels, allowing two hits and a walk in one inning. Chafin held on to record his third save of September, though the outing was from spotless. After surrendering a leadoff single to Shohei Ohtani, the lefty got two outs but subsequently permitted two more baserunners. Chafin was able to record the final out via a line drive that second baseman Josh Harrison snowconed. The outing lowered the 31-year-old's season ERA to 3.80, though his closer role could be in jeopardy if he continues to put runners on base.
Chafin allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out one across 1.1 innings to earn the save Wednesday against the Royals. Chafin bailed Jake Diekman out of a jam by recording the final out in the eighth inning. He remained on the mound for the final frame, but he had trouble of his own by allowing the first three batters he faced to reach base. Chafin settled down to escape the jam, though the bases were loaded when he recorded the final out to earn his fourth save of the season. This was his first outing since blowing a save and taking the loss Sept. 11, though he appears to be the Athletics' chosen closer for the time being despite his recent struggles.
Chafin (1-3) allowed one run on one hit over one-third of an inning, taking the loss in Saturday's 8-6 defeat to the Rangers. Chafin entered the game in relief of Sergio Romo, who was chased after the Rangers touched him up for three runs to pull within one of the Athletics. Chafin didn't fair much better than his bullpen mate, as he coughed up a two-run homer to the first batter he faced in Jonah Heim that put Texas ahead for good. Despite Romo being charged with four runs on the day, Chafin took the loss, as Heim ended up being the winning run. Even with this latest blemish, the left-hander still carries a 1.27 ERA since joining the Athletics from the Cubs in July.
Chafin picked up the save against the White Sox on Thursday after tossing a scoreless inning while allowing one hit. Chafin worked around a two-out double by Romy Gonzalez to finish off a close lead for the A's. The left-hander didn't induce any strikeouts, but he did throw 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes. The save was just the third of the year for Chafin, who is seeing more ninth-inning opportunities of late given Lou Trivino's recent struggles. Chafin has an excellent 0.86 ERA and 0.76 WHIP across 21 innings since his trade from the Cubs.
Chafin recorded his 19th hold in a loss to the Giants on Saturday, allowing two earned runs on two solo home runs over one inning. Chafin walked away with the hold, but he helped set the stage for an eventual Athletics loss by giving up the solo bombs to Brandon Belt and Darin Ruf in a seventh inning the Giants entered trailing by a 5-2 margin. The veteran left-hander's issues with the long ball are an outlier, considering he'd allowed just one home run over 49.2 innings coming into Saturday.
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