Patton pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday while striking out a hitter to earn his second save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Rockies. Patton needed just 10 pitches to work through the ninth and was able to close the game on a swinging strikeout of Garrett Hampson. It was his first save since Aug. 2 and just his second of the year. The 33-year-old owns a 3.99 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 35:14 K:BB over 29.1 innings (30 appearances) this season and could be in line for a few additional save opportunities over the final month of the season if Joe Barlow is unavailable or if the Rangers just want to give him some more looks in late-game scenarios.
Patton allowed one run on one hit and three walks while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning and was tagged with a blown save in Tuesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over Seattle. Patton has been given the ball three times to close out games since the Rangers traded Ian Kennedy and has blown two of those opportunities. Patton fell into the role, as manager Chris Woodward didn't have any attractive options. The manager is not married to Patton as the closer and could use others.
Patton struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Monday's 4-1 win over the Angels. Patton blew his first save opportunity Saturday, but he was given a shot at redemption Monday and converted. The 33-year-old has taken an unlikely path to becoming a closer, and it's not a given that he holds onto the job, but manager Chris Woodward has used him for the first two save opportunities following the departure of Ian Kennedy.
Patton (1-1) picked up the win in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning victory over the Mariners, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out two. The 33-year-old got the first chance to replace Ian Kennedy in the closer role for the Rangers, entering the contest in the ninth inning to protect a 3-2 lead, but he instead served up a game-tying homer to Ty France. Patton was then on the hook for a loss when he allowed the phantom runner to score in the top of the 10th, only for Jonah Heim to flip the script with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the frame. That kind of roller-coaster performance isn't going to endear him to Texas manager Chris Woodward, and Patton's first shot at a save could end up being his last this season.
Patton is expected to be the opener Sunday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. This news conflicts with a report from Kennedi Landry of MLB.com, who said Taylor Hearn will start Sunday against the Astros. The Morning News report did mention Hearn would likely follow Patton, so either way, Hearn is expected to pitch bulk innings.
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