Casilla came on in the eighth inning Tuesday and suffered his seventh blown save of the season, surrendering three runs on two hits and a walk while recording just one out against the Royals. Alex Gordon led off the inning with a walk, then Drew Butera hit a two-run shot. Whit Merrifield then flied out and Lorenzo Cain singled and that was the end of Casilla's night. Blake Treinen came on and gave up home runs to Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, but thanks to a huge Oakland rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, Treinen actually got the win after going back out for the ninth inning. This was the first time Casilla had given up a run since July 26, but the meltdown was likely enough to keep him firmly in the eighth-inning role going forward.
Casilla fired a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Orioles, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts. Casilla hasn't notched a save since July 23, but he has compiled two holds and a win over six August appearances. The 37-year-old hasn't surrendered a run since falling apart in a blown save opportunity against the Blue Jays on July 26, making it one of his most effective stretches of the season. Although Casilla has worked his ERA back down to 3.89, it remains to be seen if he'll return to a full-time closer role.
Casilla notched his third hold in Sunday's 11-10 win over the Angels, allowing a hit and issuing a walk during a scoreless eighth inning. He also recorded two strikeouts. It took Casilla a whopping 32 pitches to get through his one frame, as he got only 17 of those offerings into the strike zone. The veteran reliever was notably trusted with preserving the one-run lead the Athletics had forged in the top half of the inning, so it appears manager Bob Melvin is still willing to deploy Casilla in high-leverage scenarios. The 37-year-old has now put together five straight scoreless efforts, recording six strikeouts and allowing just two hits in five innings over that span.
Casilla fired a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Giants, issuing a walk and recording a strikeout. The veteran right-hander has three straight scoreless efforts after having blown his sixth save opportunity of the season against the Blue Jays last Wednesday. Casilla's current status as closer is murky, as manager Bob Melvin opted to use Blake Treinen in the one save scenario since that game. In any event, Casilla has worked an inning apiece in three of the last four nights, so there won't be any definitive insight into Melvin's thinking on the subject over the next couple of games at minimum.
Casilla fired a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Twins, recording a strikeout. The 37-year-old has now put together a pair of scoreless efforts following his latest implosion in the closer's role, which unfolded last Wednesday. Casilla saw action in Saturday's one-run victory as well, although that came in the seventh inning. The veteran righty's use in non-save scenarios in his last two appearances doesn't necessarily signify that he's out of the closer's role permanently, but manager Bob Melvin is clearly evaluating his options at the moment.
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