Neshek tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday to pick up his fifth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Marlins. It was his first save chance since he blew one Aug. 28, but Neshek's five straight scoreless appearances since then were apparently enough to convince manager Gabe Kapler to entrust him with ninth-inning duty once again. With the Phillies fighting desperately to stay in the NL playoff picture, Neshek might see plenty of high-leverage work down the stretch, but Tommy Hunter and a slew of other relievers could still be in the mix for saves.
Neshek allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits while recording one out to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals. Neshek was a perfect 4-for-4 in save chances entering Tuesday, but was unable to close the door on the Nationals while receiving little help from his defense. The 37-year-old has a 1.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 12:2 K:BB across 17.1 innings this season.
Neshek threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Nationals on Thursday to earn his fourth save of the season. He sat down Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and Mark Reynolds in order on 13 pitches to preserve a gem from starter Aaron Nola. It was Neshek's third save since Aug. 7 (six appearances), and with Seranthony Dominguez struggling of late (7.11 ERA, three blown saves in August), Neshek will likely continue to get chances to close out games.
Neshek allowed no runs on one hit across one inning as he collected the save Friday against the Mets. Neshek entered the ballgame with a two-run lead, and although he allowed the tying run to come to the plate with one out, he managed to escape with the save. Seranthony Dominguez was unavailable after recording the save Thursday, so Neshek was called upon to handle the ninth inning. He's 3-for-3 on save opportunities in 2018.
Neshek grabbed his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against Arizona. With primary closer Seranthony Dominguez unavailable after pitching the previous two nights, Neshek was called on to shut the door. He got the job done easily, retiring the side in order. It's noteworthy that Neshek got the ninth inning instead of Victor Arano, who threw in the eighth. Arano was brought in to face a tougher part of the order, though, so he may still be manager Gabe Kapler's more trusted reliever. Neshek's ratios (0.73 ERA, 0.89 WHIP) have been so elite, however, that he has value in deeper leagues even without regular save chances.