‘Active saves leader’ Craig Kimbrel 토토사이트 (36, Philadelphia Phillies) overcame Pitch Clark’s struggles to record his 12th career double-digit save.
The Phillies hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 16 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Kimbrel took the mound to close out the game in the ninth inning with a 5-4 lead. However, Kimbrel struggled with the pitch clock, which was implemented this season.
The first pitch clock violation came in the top of the ninth inning. Kimbrel violated the pitch clock with a 1-2 count on a pitch to leadoff hitter Josh Rojas. That made it 2-2.
One pitch later, Kimbrel was unflappable like a veteran, striking out Rojas for the first out.
Kimbrel then faced Jake McCarthy with the bases loaded and no outs, violating the pitch clock with counts of 0-2 and 1-2.
In other words, an 0-2 turned into a 2-2 due to the pitch clock violation. But Kimbrel got McCarthy to fly out to center field, leaving the bases loaded.
Undeterred by the pitch clock violation, Kimbrel got the final batter, Gabriel Moreno, to ground out to shortstop to preserve the one-run win. Philadelphia’s 5-4 victory.
Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola was credited with the win, while Kimbrel earned his 10th save of the season. His 12th double-digit save.
Kimbrel struggled mightily in April and May, posting ERAs of 4.09 and 8.00, but he’s improved to 1.29 in his last seven starts this month.
Kimbrel is currently in a tie for the most career saves with Kenley Jansen, who reached the 400-save mark a little earlier than him. The gap through the last 15 days is two.