Steckenrider struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning and earned a save over Boston on Monday. Steckenrider threw 10-of-12 pitches for strikes and had no problem mowing down the Red Sox in order to finish off the 5-4 victory. He's now 9-for-12 in save chances with a 1.67 ERA this season. The 30-year-old righty is now riding an 18.1-inning scoreless streak with a 13:3 K:BB during that span.
Steckenrider secured his eighth save in a win over the Diamondbacks on Friday, firing a perfect ninth inning during which he struck out the side. The hard-throwing right-hander was dominant in his one frame, getting 10 of his 15 pitches into the strike zone to authoritatively slam the door. Steckenrider is now 8-for-11 in save opportunities and has recorded half of those saves in his last 10 trips to the mound. With a 1.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 58.1 innings, the 30-year-old is rivaling Paul Sewald for closing duties at the moment.
Steckenrider fired a perfect ninth inning Sunday, earning the save in the win over the Royals. Steckenrider retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his fourth save in August. He continues to share save opportunities with Paul Sewald, who pitched the eighth inning. The 30-year-old has a 1.84 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with 48 strikeouts in 53.2 innings this season. He is 7-for-10 in save situations.
Steckenrider earned the save Tuesday after holding the A's scoreless across 2.1 innings. He allowed two hits and no walks while striking out one batter. Steckenrider continued a successful August after shutting down his opponent once again. The right-hander has not allowed any runs across his last eight appearances, picking up three saves in that span. For now, Steckenrider is expected to continue to share save opportunities with Paul Sewald, at least while Diego Castillo (shoulder) is out.
Steckenrider claimed his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Rangers after retiring the side in an 11-pitch ninth inning. Steckenrider appears to be part of a three-man closer committee in Seattle, as all of he, Diego Castillo and Paul Sewald have recorded saves thus far in August. After nabbing the Mariners' most recent save Tuesday, Sewald worked the eighth inning Wednesday before turning the ball over to Steckenrider in the ninth.
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