Raley worked around a walk and struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning to earn his sixth hold in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
The left-handed Raley got the benefit of facing three left-handed batters in the inning. The Diamondbacks are in pure evaluation mode in September, so they let three young, lefty batters hit against Raley, who is holding lefties to a .133 average. He's scoreless over his last three outings, earning two holds and a save during that run.
Raley struck out one and did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless inning to earn the save Thursday against the Rangers.
Raley came in with the Astros up 2-1 and retired the side in order on only five pitches to earn his first save. He hasn't had particularly strong surface results since joining the team Aug. 11, putting up a 5.27 ERA. However, he had a 0.95 WHIP with a 17:4 K:BB across 13.2 frames entering Thursday's contest, so the team may be willing to turn to him in high-leverage situations to close the campaign. Primary closer Ryan Pressly has struggled of late, allowing two earned runs across his last 3.1 frames.
Raley was activated by the Astros on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Raley was traded to the Astros on Sunday, and he'll officially join the major-league bullpen following Tuesday's move. The southpaw probably won't be tasked with many important innings. To make room for Raley on the active roster, right-hander Carlos Sanabria was optioned to the team's alternate training site.
Raley was traded from the Reds to the Astros on Sunday in exchange for a player to be named later.
Raley was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday, but he'll remain in the majors as part of the Astros' pitching staff. Given the southpaw's struggles over his first four innings out of the bullpen this year, he'll likely be used mainly in lower-leverage situations in Houston. Right-hander Roberto Osuna (elbow) was transferred to the 45-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Raley was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday.
Raley made his return to the majors this season after spending the past five seasons in Korea, but he was inconsistent across four relief appearances with the Reds. Although he pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout Wednesday against Cleveland, the southpaw will be removed from the 40-man roster. Raley recorded a 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 6:2 K:BB over four innings as a reliever this year. Right-hander Jose De Leon was recalled from the Reds' alternate training site to take Raley's place in the bullpen.
Raley was unable to retire any of the four batters he faced Wednesday in relief of Sonny Gray, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks.
When the Reds have to cut down from 30 to 28 and eventually 26 players on the roster, Raley is a good bet to not make the cut.
Raley's contract was selected by the Reds on Sunday.
Raley signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in January after spending the past five seasons pitching in the KBO. The southpaw last pitched in the majors with the Cubs in 2013 and posted a 5.14 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 14 innings. Although his addition to the 40-man roster is an encouraging step in his comeback, Raley is unlikely to play a significant role for the major-league club this season.
Raley will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season.
The veteran southpaw pitched in the KBO from 2015 through 2019 and reached the majors with the Cubs back in 2012 and 2013. He is not on the 40-man roster but could pitch in the majors in some capacity this season.
Raley signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday as a non-roster invitee, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Raley spent the previous five years playing for the Lotte Giants in Korea and hasn't played in North America since 2014. The 31-year-old made at least 30 starts in each of his seasons overseas, and he'll now get the chance to compete in major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Raley re-signed Thursday with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization on a one-year, $1.17 million contract, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
The 30-year-old lefty hasn't appeared in affiliated ball since 2014 but has settled in as a key piece in the Lotte rotation the last four seasons, logging a cumulative 4.19 ERA across 122 starts. It's unclear if he has any genuine interest in reviving his career in North America once he becomes a free agent again next winter.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/07||vs OAK||L 7-9||0||1||0||2.0||1||2||2||2|
|09/30||@ MIN||W 3-1||0||0||0||0.2||1||0||1||1|
|09/25||@ TEX||L 4-5||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||@ TEX||W 12-4||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/19||vs ARI||W 3-2||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|09/17||vs TEX||W 2-1||0||0||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/15||vs TEX||W 4-1||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||14.2||8||1||0||0||1||1||19||11||17||3.80||1.972|
|2014||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||23.0||6||5||0||0||3||0||15||12||39||10.56||2.217|