Iglesias once again pitched in the eighth inning Tuesday, giving way to Michael Lorenzen for the save chance in the ninth, but manager David Bell said afterward that there has been no role change at the back of the bullpen, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The skipper has made it clear that he will use Iglesias in the highest-leverage spot, regardless of inning, and for the second consecutive day, there was an urgency to get outs in the eighth. "If [Yuli] Gurriel came up in that inning, that's where the game was going to be. We wanted Iggy. That was the game. So he pitched," Bell said. Iglesias currently has a career-worst 1.39 WHIP through 31 innings -- his previous career high was 1.14 -- but he's improved his strikeout and home-run rates from last year and in turn has shaved his FIP down to 3.49 (from 4.23).
Iglesias was credited with his second hold of the season after tossing a scoreless inning in Monday's 3-2 win over the Astros. He issued two walks and didn't strike out a batter in the 21-pitch appearance. With the Reds clinging to a one-run lead with one out and a runner on first in the top of the eighth, Iglesias was summoned from the bullpen. He was able to escape the inning without any drama and came back out for the ninth, retiring one of the two hitters he faced before being pulled in favor of Michael Lorenzen, who was able to close out the frame for his third save of the season. While Iglesias remains the Reds' top option for saves, manager David Bell hasn't been shy about using the right-hander outside of traditional closing situations. As a result, Iglesias may continue to cede the occasional save chance to one of the Reds' other late-inning arms.
Iglesias (1-6) allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning to take the loss Tuesday against the Indians. Iglesias was called upon in a tie game in the 10th inning, but allowed four consecutive batters to reach base after inducing a pop up from the first hitter of the frame. It was the first earned run he allowed since May 5, a span of 12 outings. He still has a bloated WHIP of 1.40 for the season, but has also racked up 13 saves and 40 strikeouts.
Iglesias posted a four-out save with one hit allowed and one strikeout during a 4-3 victory against the Phillies on Sunday. The 29-year-old hasn't received much work lately because the Reds have either been behind or held a big lead, but Iglesias is 7-for-7 in save chances since May 9. He's also on a streak of 12.1 scoreless innings. Overall, Iglesias is 13-for-15 in save opportunities with a 2.79 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 29 innings this season.
Iglesias struck out two and worked around a base hit to turn in a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals, notching his 12th save in the process. The save was Iglesias' first since May 24, with the closer only logging two appearances in between with the Reds not needing to protect any narrow late-inning leads in the preceding 11 days. Iglesias has now converted each of his last six save chances and is riding an 11-appearance scoreless streak.