Karinchak (4-2) struck out the side in a perfect inning and was credited with the win Tuesday versus Baltimore. Starting pitcher Cal Quantrill lasted only four innings, and Karinchak was awarded the win as the most effective reliever in the contest. The right-hander has strung together 4.2 scoreless innings on the heels of a skid that saw him allow nine runs (eight earned) over four innings. For the year, Karinchak owns a 2.45 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 53:14 K:BB across 29.1 innings. He's 7-for-8 in save chances with six holds.
Karinchak (3-2) earned the win in relief Saturday against the Mariners after tossing a scoreless inning, fanning two. Karinchak entered the game in the 10th inning after Cleveland scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, and he carried that momentum into the mound -- he tossed eight of his 13 pitches for strikes and retired the side in order despite having a runner at second the whole time due to the new extra-inning rule. The right-hander has posted three straight scoreless outings and lowered his ERA to 2.67 in the process.
Karinchak earned the save Tuesday against the White Sox despite giving up two runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk during the ninth inning. The right-hander only picked up the save because he was staked a three-run lead, and he escaped by inducing a bases-loaded groundout. Karinchak was electric through his first 21 outings of the season with a 0.44 ERA, 0.48 WHIP and 38:7 K:BB, but he's now surrendered nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits with a 6:6 K:BB across his past five appearances.
Karinchak (2-2) allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk in one inning during Monday's loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the White Sox. He struck out one and took the loss. Karinchak started the eighth inning with Billy Hamilton on second and let him come around to score on a Jose Abreu sacrifice fly. He then coughed up a two-run shot to Adam Eaton shortly after. After allowing just one run in his first 21 appearances, Karinchak has now allowed seven runs (five earned) over his last four games. His ERA is up to 2.28 in 23.2 innings.
Karinchak earned the save Tuesday after tossing a scoreless inning against the Tigers. He allowed one hit and a walk while striking out one. It wasn't the sharpest outing for the right-hander, who actually allowed an inherited runner to score after starting pitcher Aaron Civale was pulled in the ninth. Regardless, Karinchak worked out of a bases-loaded jam to slam the door on Detroit, picking up his sixth save of the year. While he doesn't hold the closer title in Cleveland, the 25-year-old has posted spectacular numbers otherwise, compiling a 1.25 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 39:10 K:BB across 21.2 innings of work.
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