Knebel didn't walk or strike out a batter in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his eighth save of the season in a 3-0 win over the Padres. He needed only four pitches to get the job done, as the top of the San Diego order swung early but couldn't make any good contact. Knebel has been relatively effective as the Phillies' closer, having allowed earned runs in only three of his 16 appearances and posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 16 innings, but his 21.2 percent strikeout rate would be the worst mark of his career by far if it doesn't improve over the summer.
Knebel (0-3) took the loss and blown save during Sunday's 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers, allowing two runs on two hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning. Knebel entered in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and retired the first two Dodgers before surrendering a triple, walk and double that plated both runners, resulting in a walk-off victory for Los Angeles. The 30-year-old had converted three-straight save opportunities while permitting only one baserunner but has now blown two saves in his last five chances. The outing increased Knebel's ERA and WHIP to 3.60 and 1.27, respectively, through 15 innings.
Knebel earned the save over the Dodgers on Thursday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning during which he gave up two walks and one hit. Knebel's outing against his former club began in very shaky fashion, as he loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks before recording an out. However, the veteran was able to escape the jam without allowing runs by inducing a pair of short flyballs and a foul out. Knebel has gone 7-for-8 in save opportunities this season, posting a 2.51 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 14:5 K:BB over 14.1 innings.
Knebel struck out two across 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the save Wednesday against the Mariners. Knebel entered the game with the tying run at the plate but struck out Jesse Winker to avoid significant danger. He then returned for the ninth frame and retired the Mariners in order to lock down his sixth save of the campaign. Knebel has held opponents scoreless in 11 of his 13 appearances this season and maintained a 2.70 ERA with a 14:3 K:BB across 13.1 innings.
Knebel earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning during Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Mets. He had two strikeouts and didn't allow a baserunner. The right-hander threw 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes as he quickly retired the side in order to rebound from blowing his first save of the season Thursday. Knebel has given up an earned run in only two of his 12 outings this season and has a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB over 12 innings while converting five of six save chances.
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