July 6, 2018
Chicago White Sox — Closer Joakim Soria finally had a rough outing Thursday night, blowing his third save and taking his third loss. It was the first time he has allowed an earned run since May 18, when his ERA was a bloated 5.65. Since then, he’s solidified himself (18 straight appearances without an earned run until Thursday) as the White Sox closer and would make an interesting trade chip later this month.
Hierarchy remains: Soria | Fry | Rondon.
Milwaukee Brewers — Dan Jennings tossed a scoreless eighth inning with the Brewers clinging to a 4-2 lead. After Milwaukee tacked on three more runs, Jennings stayed on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. Corey Knebel had pitched in three straight entering Thursday, so he needed a breather.
Hierarchy remains: Knebel | Hader | Jeffress.
Texas Rangers — Chris Martin has been placed on the disabled list for a third time this season. This time it’s for a strained groin. “We want to make sure we get him right,” manager Jeff Bannister said.
Hierarchy remains: Kela | Diekman | Leclerc.
VULTURE SAVE WATCH
1. Josh Hader/Jeremy Jeffress — Even with Thursday’s off-day, Corey Knebel has pitched in three of four and may get additional rest.
1. Jake Diekman — Keone Kela has pitched in two consecutive days.
2. Jace Fry — Joakim Soria has pitched in two of three and three of five.
3, Alex Colome — Edwin Diaz earned save No. 34 Thursday night and has now pitched in two of three and four of six.