Petit, who secured his 16th hold in a win over the Rangers on Sunday with a perfect eighth inning, garnered a hold in each of his last three appearances of the first half of the season. The ageless right-hander wrapped up the first half of the season having logged an appearance in 45 of the Athletics' first 92 games, putting him on pace to surpass the career-high 74 he made during his first campaign in Oakland back in 2018. Petit has been especially effective since late June, allowing just one earned run and notching three holds across his last seven outings.
Petit, who fired a perfect eighth inning in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday, now has four consecutive scoreless one-inning appearances. The rubber-armed reliever has actually been in a nice groove since late May, leaving a brief, rare rocky stretch behind him by producing one save, seven holds, a 2.65 ERA and an 0.88 WHIP over the 17 innings covering his last 13 appearances. Petit's workload is as brisk as ever in his age-36 season, as with 41 appearances through the first three months-plus, he's on pace to exceed the career-high 80 he logged in 2019.
Petit (7-1) took the loss in Wednesday's 5-3 defeat to the Rangers, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning. Petit entered in the seventh to protect a 3-2 lead and immediately surrendered a home run, double and single to blow it. He'd been a key reliever up until Wednesday with seven wins, 12 holds and two saves. One poor outing likely won't change that.
Petit earned the save against the Angels on Tuesday, allowing one run on one hit while striking out one over one inning. With Lou Trivino held out after having notched a save each of the previous two days, Petit was summoned to protect a three-run ninth-inning lead. He surrendered a home run to Jared Walsh but avoided further trouble to collect his second save of the season. Trivino has established himself as Oakland's clear top closer, but Petit has done well enough this season -- he owns a 3.16 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and sterling 7-0 record -- to merit the occasional save chance when Trivino is unavailable.
Petit secured his seventh hold in a win over the Rockies on Friday, allowing just one hit and no walks over 1.2 scoreless innings. The veteran reliever expertly navigated the hazards of Coors Field during his 21-pitch outing, getting 16 of his offerings into the strike zone while only allowing a single. Following an atypically erratic stretch during which he allowed multiple earned runs in three of five appearances, Petit has settled down to post three consecutive scoreless efforts covering a total of four innings.
|vs SAN DIEGO||0||0||0||0||0|
|@ PETCO PARK||0||0||0||0||0|