Yates got the save against the Dodgers on Friday, working around one earned run on two hits over 1.1 innings to close out San Diego's 5-3 victory. He struck out two and walked none. It wasn't entirely smooth sailing as he gave up an RBI single to Manny Machado that hacked into the Padres' lead but Yates ended up striking out Joc Peterson to end the contest and lock up his 10th save of the season. He's having an excellent 2018 campaign despite this relatively shaky performance, as Yates now has a 2.11 ERA and a minuscule 0.91 WHIP with 84 strikeouts over 59.2 innings.
Yates gave up two hits and a run but still picked up the save against the Mariners on Wednesday, striking out one and walking none in the ninth inning to close out San Diego's 5-4 victory. Yates made it interesting after giving up a pair of hits in the ninth, including a solo homer to Kyle Seager, but he eventually slammed the door to preserve the one-run victory. The right-hander now has nine saves in 10 chances on the season to go along with a 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 79 strikeouts across 56.2 innings.
Yates pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save Tuesday against the Mariners. Yates was called upon to protect a one-run lead and he set down the Mariners in order on just 12 pitches (nine strikes). The 31-year-old has an elite 1.94 ERA and now has eight saves to go along with a 12.6 K/9.
Yates struck out two batters in a perfect inning to secure his seventh save in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Reds. Yates picked up his first save since Aug. 28, making him 7-for-8 in save chances on the year. The 31-year-old righty owns a 1.98 ERA and 77:14 K:BB.
Yates returned from the bereavement list Monday, firing a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts in a 6-2 win over Arizona. Yates wasn't afforded a save opportunity after his offense plated a pair in the eighth inning, but he performed well nonetheless. The 31-year-old will resume his role as the Friars' top closing option after posting a 2.05 ERA and 5.2 K/BB ratio over 52.2 innings.