Diaz earned the save against the Astros on Saturday, pitching a perfect inning and picking up one strikeout. Regular closer Mark Melancon attempted to hold a one-run lead in the 10th inning but couldn't keep the inherited runner from scoring, and both teams scored again in the 11th frame. San Diego then put up three runs in the 12th, and Diaz was called upon to close out the contest. He succeeded in doing so, resulting in the first save of his career. It's a fitting accomplishment given the strength of Diaz's season thus far. He has allowed only one earned run across 15.2 innings while functioning primarily in a multi-inning relief role.
Diaz pitched three scoreless relief innings against Milwaukee on Monday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four. He did not factor in the decision. The right-hander entered the contest in the fifth inning with the Brewers holding a five-run lead. Diaz did his part to allow San Diego to get back into the game, keeping Milwaukee off the scoreboard across his three frames. He has been very effective in five appearances this season, allowing only one earned run and posting a 14:8 K:BB across 13 innings.
Diaz (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out one to earn the win against the Rockies on Tuesday. Diaz picked up the win in his second appearance this season. He is likely just a temporary fill-in while others recover from injuries. However, he's fired six scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks. The 26-year-old will likely continue to serve as a multi-inning reliever.
Diaz was recalled by the Padres on Saturday. Diaz threw three scoreless innings as an opener Monday in his lone appearance of the season. He was sent down following that outing but is needed again with Keone Kela landing on the injured list with a strained right forearm.
Diaz was optioned to the alternate training site Tuesday. The 26-year-old served as an opener Monday and delivered three scoreless frames in his season debut, but he was optioned to make room on the big-league roster for Dinelson Lamet (forearm). Diaz figures to rejoin the Padres as they shuffle their bullpen pieces throughout the season.
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