Scrubb (1-0) struck out two and walked one in a scoreless 11th inning to pick up the win against the Rockies on Tuesday. Scrubb finished off an old-fashioned pitching gem at Minute Maid Park, making his ninth appearance of the season, all which have been scoreless. The 25-year-old rookie right-hander has maneuvered around 11 walks (4.17 FIP) in 10.2 innings.
Scrubb allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in one inning Friday, earning the save in a 9-6 win over the Angels. Scrubb worked around a couple of baserunners to pick up his first major-league save in just his second appearance. He had a three-run cushion to work with, which may explain why Roberto Osuna wasn't used to close out Friday's game. The Astros' bullpen depth has been devastated by injuries early in 2020, so the 25-year-old Scrubb may be used in a versatile role in the short term.
Scrubb was called up by the Astros on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old, who came over from the Dodgers in a trade for Tyler White last July, has yet to pitch above the Double-A level, though he owns a career 2.68 ERA and a 26.6 percent strikeout rate in 74 innings at that level. He'll take the bullpen spot that had belonged to Joe Biagini, who hit the injured list with shoulder soreness in a corresponding move.
Scrubb was placed in the Astros' 60-man player pool Sunday. Scrubb, who is not on the 40-man roster, is a 25-year-old relief pitcher that the Astros acquired from the Dodgers in 2019. He recorded three saves, a 3.71 ERA and 1.82 WHIP while striking out 20 and walking 10 over 17 innings for Double-A Corpus Christi last season. The team added several players like Scrubb that are not on the 40-man roster but have a depth of experience in the minors.
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