Graveman saved Saturday's 5-3 win against the Giants, allowing one run on three hits in the ninth inning. He failed to record a strikeout. After tossing 12 pitches while closing out Friday's win, Graveman struggled Saturday but still delivered the save as he was spotted a three-run lead. The 31-year-old had thrown seven outings of one inning apiece without surrendering an earned run since Liam Hendriks (forearm) went down, though he's failed to register a strikeout in each of his last two appearances. With Hendriks scheduled to return Monday, this was probably Graveman's last game in the closer role.
Graveman pitched a perfect inning to earn the save in Friday's 1-0 win over the Giants. Graveman had no trouble in the ninth inning of this low-scoring contest, picking up his second save since Liam Hendriks (forearm) landed on the IL. Graveman hasn't allowed an earned run in his last seven innings, though he has yielded three unearned runs. The 31-year-old has a 2.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 34:12 K:BB across 33.2 innings. He's added four saves, 13 holds and four blown saves, and he should continue to be the main option for saves in Hendriks' absence.
Graveman earned the save in Sunday's win over Baltimore, striking out two and allowing two unearned runs on a hit and a walk in the ninth inning. Jose Abreu made errors on consecutive plays to begin the ninth inning for Graveman. The 31-year-old then allowed a four-pitch walk and an RBI single as Baltimore made it a 4-2 game with no outs and the bases loaded. With things looking grave, he managed to strike out two of the final three batters he faced and get another out with a sacrifice fly. It was his first save since May 10. Since Liam Hendriks (forearm) went on the injured list on June 14, the White Sox have had only one other save opportunity, and Joe Kelly closed that ballgame.
Graveman allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning to earn his 13th hold of the season Monday against the Blue Jays. Manager Tony La Russa indicated that Graveman would be the preferred closer while Liam Hendriks (forearm) was sidelined. However, Graveman instead entered the game in the eighth inning to face the middle of the Toronto lineup. He allowed only a single and has surrendered only one earned run across seven June appearances. Joe Kelly earned the save Monday, though it's possible that Graveman will still see save opportunities in the immediate future.
All-everything closer Liam Hendriks just went on the IL with forearm strain, which means there are saves to be had in the White Sox bullpen. Kendall Graveman would be the most logical choice to inherit them. He spent some time last year closing for the Mariners and has spent his time this year setting up for Hendriks. Of course, he's been a bit shaky, his ground-ball approach resulting in more hits than a year ago. It's also not clear that Hendriks will be sidelined for long, with the White Sox setting an initial timetable of three weeks. That's an optimistic outlook, given the nature of the injury, so Graveman is certainly worth picking up. But you'll need to temper your expectations for him.
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