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Blake Treinen earned the save on Sunday when he worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and whiffing two in the Dodgers 4-2 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series.
Treinen worked a relatively drama-free ninth inning after he gave up a leadoff single to Manuel Margot. He was able to retire the next three batters in order to pick up the save and give the Dodgers a 3-1 series lead. LA is now one win away from their first World Series title since 1988.
Blake Treinen took the loss on Monday when he surrendered three runs on three hits over 1/3 of an inning in the Dodgers 5-1 loss to the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Treinen entered in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied and promptly gave up a solo blast to Austin Riley, the nine hitter, to give Atlanta a 2-1 advantage. He then surrendered a double to Ronald Acuña Jr., before getting Freddie Freeman to line out. Marcell Ozuna knocked in Acuña in the next at-bat and Treinen was replaced by Jake McGee, who gave up a two-run dinger to Ozzie Albies, which officially closed the books. Treinen had been stellar so far this postseason before Monday's meltdown, registering a 0.00 ERA over 3 1/3 innings.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reports the Dodgers are signing free agent reliever Blake Treinen to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Passan adds that Treinen also had offers in a similar range but wanted to go to Los Angeles. Treinen was a colossal bust in 2019 after pitching as the best reliever in baseball the season prior. He'll begin the 2020 campaign as a set-up man for the Dodgers and could eventually see save chances if Kenley Jansen misses time.
The A’s non-tendered reliever Blake Treinen.
It’s a shocking move considering how dominant Treinen was just a season ago. He struggled in 2019 but it’s still surprising the A’s weren’t able to find a trade partner for him. We expect him to be a popular commodity in the free agent market moving forward. He could wind up as someone’s primary closer come 2020.
Blake Treinen (back) will not pitch in any postseason games.
The injury was serious eough that the A's ruled Treinen out for games that would take place weeks from now. Treinen struggled prior to this injury, he owned a 4.91 ERA, 1.62 WHIP in 58 2/3 innings. After having an excellent 2018 season, Treinen struggled mightily in 2019 and will have to settle for a setup role in 2020 for the Athletics.