Vazquez recorded a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning to earn his 37th save of the season Sunday against the Reds. Vazquez finished the game in dominant fashion, throwing eight of 11 pitches for strikes as he mowed down the side in order. After some struggles to begin the season, Vazquez rebounded to finish with a superb 2.70 ERA to go along with an 11.4 K/9.
Vazquez gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his 36th save of the season in a 3-0 win over the Brewers. The southpaw has shown signs of fatigue down the stretch, posting a 4.50 ERA through 10 innings in September, but he's still been able to convert seven of his eight save chances on the month. With eight games remaining on the Pirates' schedule, Vazquez has an outside shot at his first career 40-save campaign.
Vazquez walked one in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his 35th save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Royals. After blowing a save Tuesday, the flamethrowing southpaw bounced right back and got the job done. Vazquez has been fading in September, getting scored upon in four of his last seven appearances, but with the Pirates trying desperately to stay alive in the NL wild-card chase, expect him to remain locked into the closer role.
Vazquez struck out one batter while earning his 34th save despite allowing two solo home runs in Sunday's 3-2 win over Milwaukee. Vazquez entered the game with a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning and immediately gave up back-to-back shots to Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana. Still, the 27-year-old has now converted 24 straight save chances, making him 34-for-38 on the season.
Vazquez gave up two hits and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his 33rd save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Brewers. Vazquez has been outstanding in the second half, posting a 1.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB in 21.2 innings while going a perfect 10-for-10 on save chances since the All-Star break. The southpaw should be good for a few more saves over the final weeks as he closes the book on a highly successful first full season as the Bucs' closer.