RP - HOU
It was quite unconventional, but reliever Brooks Raley emerged from the Astros' 9-1 win on Saturday with his first save of the season. He tossed 1.2 innings of perfect baseball, adding one strikeout in the process.
Despite the game finishing with an eight-run margin of victory, Raley was eligible for the save because he entered with the tying run at the plate. With one out and a 5-1 lead in place, Raley took the mound in the eighth inning. He met a based-loaded situation but was able to escape the jam with a strikeout and flyout. He returned in the ninth to finish off the Athletics in order.
Brooks Raley was handed the loss on Wednesday when he gave up two runs on one hit with two strikeouts and two walks over two innings in the Astros loss to the A's in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Raley entered in the seventh inning with score even at seven runs apiece. He retired the side in order in his first frame but ran into trouble in the eighth inning when he issued a pair of walks, a double, a HBP, and two sacrifice flies, which accounted for the go-ahead runs. Houston's comeback fell short and Raley was saddled with the loss. Through two appearances so far in the postseason, he's registered a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and a 3:3 K/BB ratio.
Brooks Raley struck out one while working a scoreless ninth on Thursday against Texas to earn his first save of the season.
Raley was filling in for Ryan Pressly, who was given the night off. The 32-year-old lefty isn't someone to get excited about down the stretch. This remains Pressly's job.