Barnes (1-1) allowed two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out two in 1.1 innings to take the loss and the blown save against the Angels on Sunday.
Barnes got the last out in the eighth inning and recorded two outs to begin the ninth inning Sunday, but he gave up a single to Mike Trout before Shohei Ohtani blasted a go-ahead home run that proved to be the difference in the matchup. Barnes has converted on nine of his 10 save chances this year and has posted a 2.66 ERA and 0.54 WHIP in 20.1 innings.
Barnes struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his ninth save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Angels.
He fired 10 of 11 pitches for strikes while remaining perfect on the season on save chances. Barnes has been nothing short of outstanding to begin the season, posting a 1.89 ERA and 33:3 K:BB through 19 innings.
Barnes struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Orioles on Sunday.
Barnes hadn't pitched since Wednesday, but he remained effective Sunday to pick up his fifth save in his last seven appearances. The right-hander has posted a 2.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP and 30:3 K:BB in 18 innings across 17 outings to begin the year.
Barnes threw 1.2 innings without allowing a baserunner and struck out one to earn the save Tuesday against Detroit.
Barnes entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning. He quickly escaped that jam, inducing a double play after just two pitches. Barnes then made quick work of the Tigers in the final frame to earn his seventh save of the season. He's been excellent for the vast majority of the campaign, maintaining a 2.25 ERA and 26:3 K:BB across 16 innings.
Barnes struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn a save in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Mets.
Barnes needed only 12 pitches (nine strikes) to strike out Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith in order. The 30-year-old Barnes has picked up three saves in four days and now has six in 13 appearances this season. He's posted a 2.57 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 25:3 K:BB across 14 innings as the Red Sox's closer.
Barnes struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his fifth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Mets.
He needed only 10 pitches, nine of them strikes, to breeze through the heart of the New York order. Barnes has taken a huge step forward with his control so far this season, cutting his walk rate nearly in half from his 12.4 percent mark in 2020 while assembling a 22:3 K:BB through 13 innings, and he's a perfect 5-for-5 on save chances as a result.
Barnes picked up his fourth save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Mariners, striking out two.
Barnes didn't have his best stuff Friday but looked much improved this time around, as he didn't have problems retiring the side and closing things out in the ninth. He has gone 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season, and this was also his third scoreless outing over his last four appearances.
Barnes allowed three runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one over one inning in Friday's 6-5 win over Seattle.
Barnes entered the ninth inning in a non-save situation with a mission to close out Boston's win and surrendered a three-run home run to Kyle Seager before getting the final out. He'd been sharp in all of his previous outings and entered the night with a 0.90 ERA and a 17:2 K:BB ratio.
Barnes allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Barnes was called upon to maintain a two-run lead in the ninth inning. Though he allowed an infield single with one out, he otherwise had little trouble recording his third save in as many chances this season. It was unclear whether Barnes or Adam Ottavino would work in the closer role for Boston to begin the campaign, but the former has recorded three of the team's four saves -- the other went into extra innings -- and has pitched effectively in the role.
Barnes picked up his second save of the season in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Twins. He walked one and struck out two across his lone inning on the mound.
Barnes slammed the door shut in the seventh -- and final -- inning of the game, though he wasn't as composed as one would've expected and only tossed 10 of his 18 pitches for strikes. He fanned two in the process, though, and now owns a 14:2 K:BB over his first seven innings covering his first six appearances of the campaign.
Barnes retired the side in order with one strikeout during the ninth inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Twins.
The right-hander threw 10 of 14 pitches for strikes as he set down the top of Minnesota's order. Barnes has yet to allow a hit this season and has a 12:1 K:BB across six scoreless frames through five appearances.
Barnes (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two en route to his first win of the season over the Orioles on Saturday.
After Boston tied it up in the top of the ninth inning, Barnes was called upon to force extras. Barnes secured the win after the Red Sox took a 6-4 lead in the 10th inning. The 30-year-old has been close to perfect this season, tossing five innings and striking out 11 while allowing just one walk. Barnes is slated to be the primary closer for the Red Sox, but he has not received a save opportunity yet.
Barnes struck out three over a perfect inning in Thursday's 7-3 win over Baltimore.
Barnes had himself another dominant outing, needing just 11 pitches in a near-immaculate performance to dispatch the Orioles in a non-save situation. Through four innings, he's allowed one baserunner (a walk) and struck out nine of 13 batters faced. He's picked up where he left off in Grapefruit League play when struck out eight and allowed two hits in 5.1 scoreless innings. The Red Sox have not yet needed someone to close a game, but it's clear Barnes is ready if and when a save opportunity presents itself.
Barnes struck out four over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-innings win over Tampa Bay.
Barnes entered a non-save situation in the ninth inning and stayed in the game when Boston pushed across the tying run in the bottom half of the inning. He's considered the team's primary closer, but he's yet to get an opportunity to close out a game. Barnes has pitched well in two outings, striking out six with one walk over three scoreless innings.
Barnes was determined to have a non-infectious positive test for COVID-19 on Monday and is now back in camp, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Barnes looked like he might have to miss the start of the regular season following his positive test Saturday, but the result was evidently a false positive. Missing the start of camp may have left Adam Ottavino as the team's closer to start the year by default, but Barnes is now back in the battle. The winner of the job remains undetermined.
Barnes has tested positive for COVID-19, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Barnes tossed 5.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts this spring and most recently pitched Thursday, but he'll now be away from the team following his positive test result. He isn't experiencing any symptoms, but manager Alex Cora said that Barnes will be away from the team for approximately 10 days. Adam Ottavino is a strong candidate to receive save chances over the first few games of the regular season while Barnes is sidelined.
Barnes struck out two over a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's spring game against Pittsburgh.
Barnes authored his fourth scoreless outing of the spring and has struck out eight over 4.1 innings. Those numbers appear to be closer worthy, but manager Alex Cora still hasn't named one. Barnes and Adam Ottavino, who has allowed one unearned run in 4.1 innings, are in the mix. Each has pitched the ninth inning of a game, and while the ninth inning of spring contests often are not against a opponent's best hitters, it does give a pitcher a chance to prepare for closing.
Barnes pitched a perfect inning, striking out two, in Sunday's spring game against the Braves.
Barnes made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, setting down the Braves in order in the fourth inning, including an inning-ending punch-out of Ronald Acuna. "That was impressive," manager Alex Cora told Ian Browne of MLB.com. "That was good. Velocity was up, I think a tick above last season, which was a good sign." He and Adam Ottavino have been mentioned as candidates to close out games, but Cora has not yet named a set closer.
Boston manager Alex Cora was noncommittal on naming a closer, a role Barnes held for the final month of 2020, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Barnes has performed a variety of roles over his seven-year career in Boston. He's thrown mostly in high-leverage spots the last four seasons and is expected to be used in the final third of games. Others in the mix at closer are Adam Ottavino, who has experience pitching the ninth inning, and Hirokazu Sawamura (visa issues), who closed in Japan.
Barnes agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The 30-year-old righty logged his worst ERA (4.30) since 2015, but he also notched nine saves in 24 appearances. He has proven to be a capable setup man, but he would probably open the year as Boston's closer if they don't add any superior relievers this offseason.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/16||vs LAA||L 5-6||1||1.1||2||2||0||2|
|05/14||vs LAA||W 4-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|05/09||@ BAL||W 4-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/05||vs DET||L 5-6||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|05/04||vs DET||W 11-7||1||1.2||0||0||0||1|
|05/02||@ TEX||L 3-5||0.1||1||0||0||0|
|04/28||@ NYM||W 1-0||1||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFA-Salem Red Sox||93.0||20||20||1||5||5||0||91||25||85||3.58||1.183|
|2013||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||5.1||1||1||0||1||0||0||7||2||3||0.00||0.980|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||108.0||24||24||0||5||10||0||135||46||112||4.33||1.463|
|2014||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||127.2||23||22||0||8||9||0||103||46||119||3.96||1.297|
|2015||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||37.2||17||5||0||1||1||0||41||22||36||4.11||1.559|
|2017||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||1.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||0.00||2.000|