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Rafael Montero recorded his second save of the season Sunday against the Twins, tossing a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Kyle Seager hit a go ahead three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, allowing Montero the opportunity to earn the save in this game. It has been an up-and-down start to the season for Montero.
Rafael Montero allowed one run in the eighth inning Saturday, walking two hitters with one strikeout.
It was an interesting situation as the Mariners put their closer in the game with a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning. After Dylan Moore made a nice play to open up the inning, Montero went on to walk Nelson Cruz on four pitches before hitting Byron Buxton. He got Mitch Garver to ground out for the second out of the inning, but a wild pitch allowed Jake Cave (who pinch-ran for Cruz) to score and tie the game.
Rafael Montero struck out the side in the ninth inning Wednesday against the White Sox.
After a blown save in his first appearance of the season on Opening Day, Montero has thrown 2.1 perfect innings with four strikeouts in his last two appearances. He is currently locked in as the closer for the Mariners.
Rafael Montero earned a four-out save Saturday, not allowing a base runner with one strikeout.
After blowing a save opportunity on Opening Day, Montero was able to redeem himself in this game. Anthony Misiewicz started the eighth inning, recording two outs but leaving with two runners on base when Montero entered the game. Montero got Evan Longoria to lineout to J.P. Crawford at shortstop for the final out of the eighth inning before recording a 1-2-3 inning to close the game out in the ninth inning.
Rafael Montero blew his first save opportunity of the season Thursday, serving up a solo home run to Alex Dickerson to lead off the inning.
Montero was able to bounce back, getting the next three hitters out including two strikeouts. It took him a bit to find his fastball, but he was able to reach the mid-90's including a 95 MPH four-seam fastball to strikeout Longoria for the final out of the inning. Montero will likely be on a shorter leash as the closer, so he will need to bounce back with his next opportunity.