Bednar (1-0) allowed one hit and a walk in a scoreless outing while earning a win over Colorado on Monday. He struck out one and recorded four outs. Bednar gave up an infield single to Brendan Rodgers in the eighth inning and a walk to Elias Diaz in the ninth -- both with two outs -- but still finished off the win for Pittsburgh. He's turned in six straight shutout appearances, lowering his season ERA to 0.82 with a stellar 29:4 K:BB. Bednar is 1-0 while converting all eight save chances on the year.
Bednar saved Wednesday's 3-2 win against the Cubs, allowing one hit with two strikeouts in two innings. Bednar was brought in for the eighth to face the heart of Chicago's lineup and stayed in for the ninth, surrendering a Christopher Morel single with two out in the ninth for his only baserunner. The 27-year-old found the zone with 21 of his 28 pitches and induced an impressive tally of five swinging strikes while lowering his ERA to 0.90. Bednar has covered multiple innings in three of his six saves in May and appears to have earned manager Derek Shelton's full trust.
Bednar did not allow a baserunner and struck out three across two innings to earn the save Wednesday against the Dodgers. Chris Stratton and Wil Crowe combined to get through the seventh inning, so Bednar entered in the eighth frame. Even with his extended appearance, Bednar needed only 21 pitches to retire six batters and record his fifth save. Bednar appeared to be in line to share the closer role with Stratton, though he has now recorded each of the Pirates' last four saves. His performance this season indicates he's capable of holding the role, as he has a 1.15 ERA and 24:3 K:BB across 15.2 innings.
Bednar struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn the save in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds. Bednar had to throw 17 pitches, but he ultimately managed to tally his fourth save of the season with little trouble. He's held opponents scoreless in 10 of his 11 appearances this season while racking up a very impressive 20:3 K:BB across 12.2 innings. While Chris Stratton has also recorded two saves this season, Bednar has served as the closer for each of Pittsburgh's last two chances and has exhibited the skills to succeed in the role.
Bednar allowed two hits and a walk in a shutout inning Sunday, striking out three and earning a save over the Cubs. Bednar allowed back-to-back doubles to Rafael Ortega and Seiya Suzuki before intentionally walking Ian Happ to load the bases in the ninth inning. Frank Schwindel would become his third strikeout victim of the inning as Bednar finished off the 4-3 win. The 27-year-old Pittsburgh native has yet to allow a run through eight innings this season while posting a 12:2 K:BB.
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