Crichton (0-4) allowed an unearned run and one hit in one inning in Thursday's extra-inning loss to St. Louis.
Crichton gave up a go-ahead RBI double to Yadier Molina in the 10th inning, and Arizona wasn't able to answer in their half of the frame. The 29-year-old Crichton has a 6.14 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 11:6 K:BB across 14.2 innings this season. He's collected four saves and four holds, but Arizona's 18-33 record shows that hasn't been a lot of closing opportunities for the right-hander. Joakim Soria is also in the mix for ninth-inning duties -- he pitched a perfect inning in Thursday's contest.
Crichton (0-3) yielded a walkoff home run without recording an out in Sunday's loss to Colorado.
Crichton entered the game in a non-save situation hoping to force extra innings but instead served up a 438-foot blast to Trevor Story to end the game. He's allowed two homers in his last three outings after not giving one up in his first 14 appearances. The 29-year-old is sporting an unsightly 6.23 ERA this season, and he hasn't earned a save since May 10.
Crichton (0-2) pitched one inning Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits in a 3-0 loss to Washington.
Crichton entered a tied game in the eighth and proceeded to allow four Nationals to reach base and three runs to cross the plate. He'd been manager Torey Lovullo's preferred closer of late, although he entered in the eighth Sunday, and the use in high-leverage situations bodes well for his prospects despite a 5.84 ERA.
Crichton struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save over the Marlins on Monday.
Crichton was tasked with protecting a 5-2 lead and easily retired the side in order. The 29-year-old righty owns a 3.97 ERA and has converted all four of his save chances this season.
Crichton secured the save while allowing one hit in Thursday's victory over the Rockies.
It was the 29-year-old's third save of the year, all of which have come in his last four appearances. He was efficient, needing only 12 pitches to close out the game, and Crichton seemingly has as good a chance as anyone in this Arizona bullpen to carve a consistent ninth-inning role out of the current committee situation.
Crichton underwent X-rays on his hand Thursday that came back negative, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Crichton was hit by a comebacker in the 10th inning of Thursday's win over the Reds and exited the game, but it appears as though he's avoided any structural damage. The right-hander had earned saves in his last two appearances prior to Thursday's outing, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be forced to miss any additional time due to this injury.
Crichton allowed a hit and struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save Wednesday in the completion of Tuesday's suspended game over the Reds.
Crichton moves to the top of the closer depth chart in Arizona with his second save in as many games, although his job security should be considered low. The Diamondbacks have the injured Joakim Soria (calf) nearing a return; he threw live batting practice Wednesday. Crichton has a 3.52 ERA and 1.70 WHIP while allowing baserunners in eight of nine appearances.
Crichton allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one in one scoreless inning to earn the save against the Nationals on Sunday.
The right-hander is in the mix for save chances while Chris Devenski (personal) and Joakim Soria (calf) are sidelined, and Crichton entered Sunday's game to preserve a three-run lead in the ninth inning. Even though Crichton allowed two Nationals to reach base in the ninth, he prevented them from crossing the plate to earn his first save of the year. The right-hander has posted a 4.05 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 6.2 innings across his first eight relief appearances this season. It was encouraging to see Crichton pick up the save Sunday, but Soria threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Friday and could be trending toward a return.
Crichton retired both batters faced to finish out the seventh inning and picked up his third hold in Tuesday's 10-8 extra-innings win over the Rockies.
Crichton authored his third straight scoreless outing after giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning on Opening Day. He was considered a potential closer in spring training, but none of the right-hander's four regular-season appearances have come in the ninth inning. Crichton could still work his way into the closer role, which remains unsettled after Arizona placed Joakim Soria (calf) on the injured list. Crichton has allowed a run on three hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings.
Crichton did not retire a batter Sunday, allowing six runs (five earned) on two hits and three walks to the White Sox.
Crichton's last two Cactus League outings were not pretty: nine runs (eight earned), four hits, three walks in one-plus innings. Despite the worrisome results, he's still in the mix for saves, as manager Torey Lovullo declined to name a closer, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. "We don't have somebody who is a slam-dunk closer," Lovullo said. The manager indicated he could go into the regular season playing matchups at the end of games with pitchers like Crichton and Joakim Soria. He also left open the possibility of a reliever stepping up and grabbing the role early in the season.
Crichton allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits while striking out one over one inning in Thursday's spring game against the Royals.
Crichton gave up his first runs during Cactus League play and has a 4.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over four innings. Manager Torey Lovullo put the right-hander on a short list of potential closers, along with Joakim Soria, who has a 12.27 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 3.2 innings. It's unclear which way Lovullo is leaning.
Crichton allowed one hit and struck out one over one scoreless inning in Sunday's spring game against the White Sox.
Crichton is being considered as a potential closer, although the consensus is that Joakim Soria will be Arizona's end-game choice. Crichton has given up four hits and one walk while striking out five over three scoreless Cactus League innings.
Crichton struck out one in a third of an inning in Tuesday's spring game against the Rockies.
Through two Cactus League appearances, Crichton has allowed two hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 1.1 innings. Manager Torey Lovullo included Crichton's name in the closer mix; however, both of his outings have come in the seventh inning against opponents' backups. Joakim Soria, the other reliever being considered as closer, has made one appearance thus far, entering the game in the third inning against the Cubs' regulars.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Crichton will compete for the closer's job during spring training, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Crichton finished the 2020 season as the Diamondbacks' closer after Archie Bradley was traded, but the team's acquisition of Joakim Soria (223 career saves) during the offseason set off speculation that he would take the role from Crichton. Lovullo's comments suggest the job does not belong to Soria yet. As closer in 2020, Crichton had a 0.96 ERA with five saves, one blown save and two holds over 9.1 innings.
Crichton will compete for the closer's job during spring training, Steve Gilbert of the Diamondbacks' official site reports.
The presumption was that Joakim Soria, who signed with Arizona last week, would become the closer, but general manager Mike Hazen wasn't ready to declare which reliever will be the team's ninth-inning man. "I think [Crichton] is going to have every opportunity to compete for that role or get into that role. I would be shocked if he doesn't get appearances in the ninth inning.," said the GM. Crichton finished up 2020 as Arizona's closer and compiled a 2.42 ERA with five saves in seven chances.
Crichton tossed one-third of a scoreless inning Friday as he earned the save in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rockies. He allowed no hits and no walks while striking out zero.
Crichton has been dominant recently while serving as the Diamondbacks' closer, and he's now had seven consecutive scoreless outings. He's converted on five of his seven save chances while posting a 2.42 ERA and 1.19 ERA over 26 innings this year.
Crichton pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save in Friday's 6-3 win over the Astros.
Crichton had no trouble protecting a three-run lead, earning his fourth save of the year, all of which have come within the last week. The 28-year-old has taken a firm grip on the closer role, and he has a 2.66 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 23:9 k:BB across 24.2 innings this season. He hasn't allowed a baserunner in his last five appearances.
Crichton picked up the save in Wednesday's win over the Angels after pitching a scoreless inning during which he allowed no hits or walks and didn't record a strikeout.
Crichton allowed a baserunner due to a throwing error, but he still closed out the frame on just seven pitches. This was Crichton's third straight save and second in as many days, and he seems to be in full control of the closing duties for the Diamondbacks for the time being.
Crichton earned the save against the Angels on Tuesday, inducing three flyball outs in a perfect ninth inning.
Crichton was tasked with protecting a one-run lead against the heart of the Angels' lineup -- Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols -- and came through by retiring all three batters. It was the second straight successful save conversion for Crichton, who appears to have seized control of the closer role for the Diamondbacks. The right-hander has posted a 2.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 22:9 K:BB over 22.2 innings this season.
Crichton earned the save against the Mariners on Friday after recording the final two outs of the ninth inning.
With the Diamondbacks leading by one in the ninth inning, Alex Young returned to continue his long relief outing. After recording the first out of the frame, Arizona turned to Crichton to finish things off, which he did with ease, striking out Evan White and forcing Luis Torrens to ground out. It was the first save of the season for the 28-year-old, who sports a 2.91 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 21 appearances. With their recent ninth-inning struggles, the Diamondbacks appear to be using a closer-by-committee approach for the time being.
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