Fairbanks gave up one run (no earned) on two hits and no walks while striking out one through one inning to record his second save in an 8-7 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday. Fairbanks received the call in the 11th inning with a two-run lead, and he allowed a run after a fielding error but recovered to nail down his second save. The save opportunity came after Emilio Pagan had already pitched two innings, so this is not likely a sign of future save chances. The 25-year-old has a 7.94 ERA with a 1.82 WHIP through 17 games this season.
Fairbanks (1-3) was charged with the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk over one-third of an inning. The reliever made life difficult on himself right from the jump by allowing Max Muncy to reach on Fairbanks' own throwing error to lead off the seventh, and he subsequently proceeded to surrender back-to-back doubles that wiped out the 2-2 tie he'd been asked to preserve. Fairbanks yielded one more run himself before getting the hook and was charged with two more after he'd exited, making it the right-hander's worst outing of the season in terms of the hit to his ERA. That figure climbed almost two full runs to 8.44 as a result of the meltdown, and Fairbanks has now allowed seven runs overall in two of his last three trips to the mound.
Fairbanks gave up two hits in a scoreless 11th inning Tuesday to record his first career save in a 5-3 win over the Rangers. Emilio Pagan and Nick Anderson had both tossed perfect frames to help get the game to the 11th, opening the door for Fairbanks to get his shot at closing things out. The rookie right-hander hasn't given up a run in four September appearances, posting a 5:1 K:BB through 4.1 innings -- he likely won't see another save chance, but Fairbanks could work himself into more high-leverage usage down the stretch if he stays locked in.
Fairbanks was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Fairbanks makes his return to the big-league club after having been optioned to the Bulls on Aug. 17. The 25-year-old right-hander has generated an ugly 9.31 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across 9.2 innings in the majors this season with the Rangers and Rays, but his triple-digit fastball has led to an eye-popping 70 strikeouts over 43.2 innings across four minor-league stops in 2019.
Fairbanks was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 25-year-old allowed one earned run off two hits in one inning Friday but will ultimately return to Triple-A for the time being. Trevor Richards was activated off the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.