Athletics closer Grant Balfour recorded a 1-2-3 inning for a save Tuesday at Texas. Balfour held down the ninth in a 1-0 victory.
Balfour earned his ninth save of the season as he struck out one in a perfect frame to protect Dan Straily's gem. He needed just 12 pitches, throwing seven for strikes.
Balfour has earned saves in three straight and six of seven. He's 9 for 9 in save chances...
Athletics closer Grant Balfour stayed perfect in save opportunites by recording his eighth save Saturday against the Royals, walking one batter in a scoreless inning. His ERA dropped to 1.56 in 17 1/3 innings this season.
Athletics closer Grant Balfour entered Friday's contest against the Royals in the ninth inning with a one-run lead.Balfour needed just 16 pitches as he struck out one and retired the side in order to secure a 2-1 victory. He has a 1.65 ERA and has converted all seven of his save opportunities.
“Balfour is the closer for the A's. And that's all you need to know about the pitcher who is prone to blowing saves more often than the A's want to admit. The job is his, but Cook and Doolittle will be making a case to steal it.”