Walden recorded the final two outs of a 5-2 win over the Phillies to notch his first save of the season in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
After Matt Barnes blew the save in the matinee, Boston manager Ron Roenicke elected not to bring his closer back out to protect another lead in the nightcap. Instead, Austin Brice began the seventh inning but walked two batters while getting only one out, giving Walden the opportunity to shut the door on the Phillies. The 31-year-old likely won't be a regular part of the saves picture even if Barnes loses his job, however. On the season, Walden has a 9.53 ERA and 8:9 K:BB through 11.1 innings.
Walden was recalled by the Red Sox on Thursday.
Walden will return to the major-league pitching staff after Colten Brewer (finger) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Walden wasn't effective in nine relief appearances earlier in the season as he posted a 12.00 ERA and 2.44 WHIP over nine innings.
Walden was optioned to the Red Sox's alternate training site Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Walden hasn't had much success in nine innings of relief this season, posting a 12.00 ERA, a 2.44 WHIP and a 7:8 K:BB. Christian Arroyo was activated from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move.
Walden (0-1) allowed a run on a hit and a walk in one inning, taking the loss Saturday versus the Blue Jays.
Walden walked Lourdes Gurriel and allowed a single to Randal Grichuk. Rowdy Tellez then hit into a groundout that allowed Gurriel to score, which ultimately left Walden with the loss. The 31-year-old reliever has given up two runs in six innings this season. He's added five strikeouts with a 1.67 WHIP.
Walden is expected to be a member of the bullpen when the regular season begins, Chris Cotillo of MLB.com reports.
Walden was a workhorse reliever in 2019, throwing a bullpen-high 78 innings over 70 appearances. The right-hander posted a 3.81 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, but he ran into trouble with walks (3.7 BB/9). Walden worked around that by inducing frequent groundballs that turned into outs. He should resume his role as a trusted member of the late-inning relief corps.
Walden allowed a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one over one inning in a 10-4 loss to the Angels on Saturday.
Walden was called upon to pitch the second inning as the Red Sox played a bullpen game Saturday, and he allowed a run-scoring single to Mike Trout. The performance raises the right-hander's ERA to 3.41 with a 1.08 WHIP and 66:24 K:BB in 68.2 innings this season.
Walden earned the save Tuesday versus the Rays by recording one out and issuing one walk. He did not record a strikeout.
Walden entered in a tough spot with the bases loaded and made matters worse by issuing a four-pitch walk to shrink the lead to one run, but he then induced a groundout to finish the contest. Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman already pitched in the contest, providing Walden the chance to close things out. The 30-year-old has a 3.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 54:16 K:BB through 50.2 innings.
Walden allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Indians.
Walden, who picked up a save in his previous appearance, left a mess in the eighth inning that Matt Barnes had to clean up. Boston scored a pair of its own in the bottom of the eighth and had a three-run lead when it entered the ninth, but Ryan Brasier promptly gave it all away. Walden had earned high-leverage work after a stretch of 22.1 innings during which he allowed just two runs. Boston's closer situation has been unpredictable all season and should remain as such in the eyes of fantasy owners going forward.
Walden earned the save by striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Astros.
Walden entered the ballgame in the ninth frame with a three-run lead, and he slammed the door without issue. He needed just nine pitches (eight strikes) to get the job done. Walden was a surprising choice for a save situation, though after Matt Barnes was hit with the loss Saturday night, skipper Alex Cora showed that he has confidence in Walden in high-leverage situations.
Walden did not give up a hit and struck out four over 2.1 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Rockies.
The Red Sox had blown a three-run lead when Walden entered the game in the seventh inning to calm the brewing storm. He stranded the go-ahead run at second base with a strikeout of Raimel Tapia and limited the Rockies to weak contact when they were able to put the ball in play. This type of performance is not new for Walden, who has become a key relief arm thus far. The 30-year-old right-hander has allowed one run while striking out 19 and walking one over his last 16.2 innings. "His stuff is playing great at this level right now," manager Alex Cora told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. "The slider is good, the cutter is good, the fastball up is great. He was amazing today. We put him in a situation, tie game, and he gave us more than enough to have a chance to win a game."
Walden (5-0) allowed one run on two hits and struck out three over three innings in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Orioles.
For the second time in a week, Walden earned a win after coming in for spot-starter Hector Velazquez who could not go deep. Walden earned his fifth win of the season and is sporting an impressive 1.77 ERA with 23:5 K:BB over 20.1 innings.
Walden (4-0) allowed one hit and struck out three over three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Athletics.
Walden picked up his fourth relief win of the season on what was a bullpen day for Boston. He relieved Hector Velazquez to start the third inning and needed just 31 pitches to dispatch the A's. Since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on April 18, the right-hander has scattered three hits and a walk while striking out eight over 8.1 scoreless innings. He's been a reliable arm out of the bullpen and pitched in a variety of roles. "He's got good stuff. Good velocity. Good movement. Good slider. I think usage has been a little bit different this year and he's gaining confidence. You're used in spots that are high-leverage situations and you get outs and you keep growing and you keep feeling better about yourself," manager Alex Cora told Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald.
Walden (3-0) allowed one hit and struck out two over two innings in Sunday's 4-3 extra-innings win over the Rays.
Walden held the fort in the ninth and 10th innings of a tied game before the Red Sox nudged across a run in the 11th, setting up a save situation for Ryan Brasier. The 30-year-old Walden, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, appeared in both weekend games against Tampa Bay and struck out four over 2.2 scoreless innings. For the season, the right-hander has fanned 15 over 10.2 innings. He's essentially filling the Brian Johnson (elbow) role, pitching in middle relief or whenever the Red Sox need multiple innings from their bullpen.
Walden was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Walden's latest stint in the minor leagues lasted only a few days, as he's been called up for Dustin Pedroia (knee), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Walden owns a 3.38 ERA with 11 punchouts over eight innings out of the bullpen for Boston in 2019.
Walden was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Walden allowed just one earned run in his first four appearances, but he gave up three in two frames Monday against the Orioles. A corresponding move is expected to be announced Tuesday.
Walden (1-0) allowed a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
All of Boston's wins on its 3-8 road trip to open the season were earned by relievers. Walden was the third in a line of five relievers on bullpen day. The 30-year-old right-hander was called up Saturday after Brian Johnson (elbow) landed on the injured list. Walden joins a bullpen that has pitched well under duress due to a league-worst starter ERA (8.57).
Walden was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
He will work as a low-leverage reliever. Brian Johnson (elbow inflammation) hits the IL in a corresponding move.
The Red Sox optioned Walden to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Boston also sent Bobby Poyner to its minor-league camp, leaving Colten Brewer, Jenrry Mejia and Hector Velazquez to compete for the final two available spots in the bullpen heading into Opening Day. Walden reached the big leagues for the first time in 2018, accruing a 3.68 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 14.2 innings with the Red Sox.
Walden was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Walden has now been sent to the minors three times this season. The 29-year-old rookie is clearly right on the fringe of the major-league roster and is likely to keep bouncing between Boston and Pawtucket for much of the year. He has a 3.68 ERA in 14.2 innings of long relief for the Red Sox so far this season. Bobby Poyner was called up to take his place in the bullpen.
Walden was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Wednesday's game against Kansas City, Sean McAdam of the BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
In a corresponding move, the club placed Eduardo Rodriguez on family medical leave. Walden has appeared in seven games for Boston this season, logging a 4.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 11 innings of relief. He will be utilized out of the bullpen in low-leverage situations while in the big leagues.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/22||vs BAL||W 8-3||0.2||4||1||0||0|
|09/18||vs NYY||L 5-6||0.1||1||0||0||0|
|09/12||@ TB||L 4-5||1||1.0||1||1||0||2|
|09/08||@ PHI||W 5-2||1||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|09/06||vs TOR||L 8-10||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|09/04||vs TOR||L 7-8||0.2||3||0||1||1|
|08/18||vs PHI||L 6-13||1.0||2||3||1||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||72.2||13||12||0||9||2||0||42||18||58||2.87||1.053|
|2013||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||162.1||26||26||1||6||14||0||88||50||184||3.72||1.444|
|2014||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||59.2||11||11||0||2||2||0||34||27||69||5.78||1.622|
|2015||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||3.0||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||3||7||12.00||3.333|
|2016||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||46.0||36||0||0||1||1||5||33||13||41||2.54||1.174|
|2017||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||105.2||29||15||1||10||6||0||86||36||102||3.94||1.312|
|2018||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||32.2||18||5||0||0||4||2||24||17||44||5.03||1.894|
|2019||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||1.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||0.00||0.833|