Bowman (3-6) took the loss in Thursday's 2-1 extra-inning defeat at the hands of the Cubs, allowing an earned run on two hits over an inning while also recording a strikeout.
The right-handed reliever got himself into trouble after striking out Alex Avila to open the 11th, allowing an infield single to Kyle Schwarber that resulted in the latter reaching second due to Bowman's throwing error. An RBI double by Taylor Davis two batters later served as the go-ahead run and ultimately put the final nail in the coffin of the Cardinals' wild-card hopes. It was the untimeliest of stumbles for Bowman, who had only given up one earned run in his nine previous appearances and had posted five straight scoreless efforts. Despite Thursday's unfavorable outcome, Bowman is finishing the season strong, as he has a 2.57 ERA and 8:2 K:BB across seven innings in September.
Bowman fired a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Reds.
The 26-year-old right-hander needed an efficient six pitches to post his sixth straight scoreless effort, a stretch during which he's also racked up a pair of holds. Bowman has had a handful of outings in which he's given up multiple earned runs this season, but he's also demonstrated plenty of upside with several extended scoreless streaks.
Bowman notched his 22nd hold in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Giants, allowing one hit in a scoreless seventh inning.
The 26-year-old right-hander has righted the ship over his last three appearances, firing a scoreless 2.1 innings over that span. Bowman has generated extended stretches of impressive pitching at multiple points this season and retains fantasy value due to his solid workload and frequent use in hold scenarios.
Bowman fired a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers.
The 26-year-old right-hander has bounced back from two rough outings in which he allowed five earned runs over just one-third of an inning versus the Pirates and Padres. He's generated two consecutive scoreless appearances, but sports an unsightly 7.36 ERA over 11 trips to the mound in August. Despite his occasional struggles, Bowman does have three victories and 21 holds on his ledger, so he retains fantasy viability in a variety of formats.
Bowman picked up his second save with a clean ninth inning Friday against Atlanta.
With Trevor Rosenthal unvailable after throwing consecutive days, including a four-out save Thursday night, Bowman took the ninth. Expect Rosenthal to slide right back into the closer's role for the next Cardinals save opportunity, but Bowman has apparently impressed Mike Matheny enough to get such a situation in Rosenthal's absence.
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