Fairbanks (1-2) was tagged with the loss and a blown save Thursday against the Mariners, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk across one-third of an inning. Fairbanks entered the game with a one-run lead but couldn't close things out, and he was tagged with his first blown save of the season as a result. This was a woeful outing for the right-hander, and it ended a streak of 12 straight scoreless appearances (10.2 innings).
Fairbanks tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his third save of the season in Monday's 5-2 win over the White Sox. J.P. Feyereisen worked the sixth and seventh innings and Diego Castillo the eighth, leaving closing duties to Fairbanks. The 27-year-old has been brilliant in June, racking up two saves and two holds over six appearances with a 0.00 ERA and 6:2 K:BB, but it's always tough to predict how manager Kevin Cash will deploy his high-leverage crew in any particular game.
Fairbanks struck out one batter over a perfect ninth inning and picked up a save over the Orioles on Friday. Fairbanks quickly rolled through the middle of Baltimore's order on just 10 pitches and lowered his season ERA to 1.20. He's made nine straight scoreless appearances and hasn't given up a run since May 19, when he notched his only other save of the season.
Fairbanks fired a scoreless ninth inning in a win over the Rangers on Sunday, allowing two hits and recording two strikeouts. Fairbanks has now generated scoreless efforts in his last eight appearances, a span of 7.1 innings during which he's also posted an 11:4 K:BB and secured three holds. The hard-throwing right-hander is once again missing plenty of bats with his high-90s fastball, as he sports an 11.6 K/9, 90.0 percent LOB rate and 14.6 percent swinging-strike rate across 14 frames.
Fairbanks notched the save Wednesday against the Orioles after giving up one run on two hits and a walk across one inning. Fairbanks entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with the Rays holding a three-run cushion, and while he put runners on the corners with two outs, he retired Maikel Franco on a groundout to end the game. This was Fairbanks' first save of the campaign, and he's yet to give up more than one run in any of the seven appearances he's made so far.
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