Clase (4-5) allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out one across one inning, getting the win in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Clase allowed three straight singles before Gavin Sheets scored on a throwing error by Yu Chang. He blew Cleveland's lead, but the team walked it off in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Clase the win. It was his first blown save since July 16. The 23-year-old has a 1.35 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 71 strikeouts in 66.2 innings this season.
Clase earned the save Tuesday against the Royals after firing a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two. Clase worked around a one-out double by Michael Taylor in the ninth to slam the door for his 24th save of the year. Since July 25, Clase has converted 13 save opportunities in a row, improving his season stats to a 1.37 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
Clase struck out one in a perfect seventh inning during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader to record his 23rd save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Twins. The right-hander continues to thrive as the main man in the Cleveland bullpen. Since July 25, Clase has converted 12 straight save chances, posting a dazzling 0.40 ERA, 0.49 WHIP and 23:1 K:BB through 22.2 innings over that stretch. With James Karinchak still trying to fix his mechanics at Triple-A, Clase has taken full advantage of his opportunity to cement himself as the unquestioned closer for his club.
Clase pitched a clean ninth inning Thursday to earn the save against Minnesota. The 23-year-old was tasked with preserving a 4-1 lead and needed only 11 pitches to retire Jorge Polanco, Josh Donaldson and Max Kepler. It was the 22nd save of the year for Clase, who has been scored upon just once in his last 23 appearances dating back to mid-July. He's issued only one walk during that stretch against 22 strikeouts.
Clase allowed a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the save in Sunday's 11-5 win over Boston. The hard-throwing righty entered the contest to get the final out in the eighth inning with Cleveland clinging to a one-run lead. The offense took over with a five-run rally in the ninth, giving Clase plenty of breathing room as he logged his 21st save of the year. His scoreless streak ended at 20.1 innings when he allowed a run to Kansas City on Thursday, but he's still been nearly untouchable in the second half. Overall, Clase owns a 1.51 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 63:15 K:BB in 59.2 innings.
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