Buttrey was charged with his second consecutive blown save after giving up a run on two hits with a strikeout over an inning in Monday's 11-inning win over the Rangers. Manager Mike Scioscia stuck with Buttrey in the ninth following Saturday's five-run implosion. The rookie appeared to be on track to bounce back after retiring the first two batters of the frame in short order, but a pair of two-out hits spoiled the opportunity. The fact that Buttrey was given a chance to redeem himself is positive sign that the club wants to continue testing him as closer, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Blake Parker re-enter the ninth-inning equation over the final week of the season.
Buttrey was charged with a blown save and a loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and a walk without recording an out in Saturday's 10-5 loss to Houston. Buttrey entered the eighth inning with a four-run lead and two runners on base, but a parade of singles resulted in his first blown save since he took over as the Halos' closer this month. This was the rookie's first ugly outing, and his ERA still sits at 2.93 over 15 appearances in the majors. Blake Parker also struggled (two earned runs) in relief of Buttrey, so it's unclear if Saturday's bullpen implosion will alter the ninth-inning situation for the Angels moving forward.
Buttrey got the save against the Mariners on Sunday, striking out the side and allowing no baserunners in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-3 victory. Buttrey only has 13.2 big-league innings to his name this season, but he's fared well with his opportunities, as he's given up just one earned run and converted all three of his save opportunities. If he continues to deal like this, he could find himself in line for more chances between now and the end of the season, but regular closer Blake Parker also figures to soak up at least some of chose chances, as well.
Buttrey picked up the save Tuesday, pitching 1.1 shutout innings without a hit against the Rangers. Closer Blake Parker entered the game in the eighth inning, and after allowing a pair of hits Buttrey came in to retire the final four batters to earn his second save. Parker has now been lifted early in consecutive outings, so the door may be open slightly for other Angels relievers to have a shot at saves down the final stretch of the season.
Buttrey struck out one in a clean ninth inning to pick up the save Friday against the White Sox. Buttrey preserved a three-run lead by recording a swinging strikeout and inducing two groundouts to pick up his first career save. The Angels elected to give him the ball instead of Blake Parker, who should be rested as he last pitched Sept. 3. Buttrey has put up excellent numbers in nine appearances this season, sporting an 0.96 ERA and 1.07 WHIP while striking out 10 in 9.1 innings. Parker should still be seen as the primary closer, but opportunities may open up for guys like Buttrey as the Angels are essentially out of the playoff picture.