Crichton tossed one-third of a scoreless inning Friday as he earned the save in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rockies. He allowed no hits and no walks while striking out zero. Crichton has been dominant recently while serving as the Diamondbacks' closer, and he's now had seven consecutive scoreless outings. He's converted on five of his seven save chances while posting a 2.42 ERA and 1.19 ERA over 26 innings this year.
Crichton pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save in Friday's 6-3 win over the Astros. Crichton had no trouble protecting a three-run lead, earning his fourth save of the year, all of which have come within the last week. The 28-year-old has taken a firm grip on the closer role, and he has a 2.66 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 23:9 k:BB across 24.2 innings this season. He hasn't allowed a baserunner in his last five appearances.
Crichton picked up the save in Wednesday's win over the Angels after pitching a scoreless inning during which he allowed no hits or walks and didn't record a strikeout. Crichton allowed a baserunner due to a throwing error, but he still closed out the frame on just seven pitches. This was Crichton's third straight save and second in as many days, and he seems to be in full control of the closing duties for the Diamondbacks for the time being.
Crichton earned the save against the Angels on Tuesday, inducing three flyball outs in a perfect ninth inning. Crichton was tasked with protecting a one-run lead against the heart of the Angels' lineup -- Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols -- and came through by retiring all three batters. It was the second straight successful save conversion for Crichton, who appears to have seized control of the closer role for the Diamondbacks. The right-hander has posted a 2.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 22:9 K:BB over 22.2 innings this season.
Crichton earned the save against the Mariners on Friday after recording the final two outs of the ninth inning. With the Diamondbacks leading by one in the ninth inning, Alex Young returned to continue his long relief outing. After recording the first out of the frame, Arizona turned to Crichton to finish things off, which he did with ease, striking out Evan White and forcing Luis Torrens to ground out. It was the first save of the season for the 28-year-old, who sports a 2.91 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 21 appearances. With their recent ninth-inning struggles, the Diamondbacks appear to be using a closer-by-committee approach for the time being.
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