Diaz struck out the side to record his 27th save of the season Saturday against the Red Sox.
Diaz wasted no time preserving the Mariners' 1-0 win, striking out Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts in order to win the game. He has now recorded eight consecutive scoreless appearances, during which he has managed 12 strikeouts across 8.1 innings. With 27 saves in 30 chances, Diaz outpaces Craig Kimbrel for the major-league lead in saves by five.
Diaz worked around a hit and a walk, recording one strikeout in a clean ninth inning to bag his 26th save of the season in Seattle's 7-6 victory over the Red Sox on Friday.
The flame-throwing righty made it an interesting ninth inning by allowing a leadoff single to J.D. Martinez and walking Xander Bogaerts, but he was able to work out of the jam and induce an Eduardo Nunez groundout to end the game and bag his 26th save of the season. Diaz has been getting a ton of opportunities pitching for a Mariners team that seems intent on playing as many close games as possible, so as long as his teammates continue their taste for late-game theatrics, Diaz should continue to rack up saves at his league-leading pace.
Diaz will be unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Angles after pitching four of the past five days, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
In his place, Alex Colome will likely be utilized in the ninth inning should a save opportunity present itself. Look for Diaz to be available for Thursday's series opener against Boston.
Diaz recorded his 25th save in Tuesday's win over the Angels, firing a scoreless ninth inning in which he recorded two strikeouts.
The workhorse closer took the mound for the fourth time in five days, but he was as sharp as he's been all season. Diaz came just one pitch short of getting all 10 of his offerings into the strike zone as he knifed through the trio of Martin Maldonado, Ian Kinsler and Mike Trout, notably retiring Trout on a swinging strikeout after he'd blasted a pair of home runs earlier. Manager Scott Servais would undoubtedly call on Diaz each and every time the Mariners held a ninth-inning lead if he could, but the presence of the recently acquired Alex Colome will give him flexibility as the season unfolds. As it is, Diaz's 36 innings through 36 appearances have him on pace to comfortably exceed the career-high 66 frames he logged across 66 outings in 2017.
Diaz notched his 24th save by firing a scoreless ninth inning in which he recorded two strikeouts during Monday's win over the Angels.
The hard-throwing closer ripped through the trio of Luis Valbuena, Martin Maldonado and Ian Kinsler on a quick 11 pitches, eight of which he threw for strikes. Diaz had given up a pair of hits in each of his last two outings, so Monday's effort was a return to the type of dominant performance he's made the norm this season. The 24-year-old has been busy in the early going of June, already logging five saves, three of which have come over the last four days.
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