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Going Gomez
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news and notes from around the league including our surprising saves leader.
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Justin Nicolino managed to strike out six in just 5 2/3 frames, but surrendered three earned runs on eight hits against the Rays on Wednesday night.

For a guy who only struck out a half-dozen batters in his previous 29 1/3 innings this year, Wednesday’s six-strikeout performance felt like it was from another world. He pushed his K/BB even at 12/12, which is cause for minor celebration. Nicolino was in line for the win before he served up a two-run homer to Logan Morrison, which chased him from the game with it tied at three-apiece. Nicolino has a 4.37 ERA and is safely left on the waiver wire, aside from NL-onlies.
May 25 - 11:07 PM

Mark Melancon worked around a two-out double to throw a scoreless inning and record his 16th save in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Melancon made things interesting with a two-out double to Chris Owings, but he jammed Yasmany Tomas with two strikes and got him to lift a weak fly ball to right field for the final out of the evening. He has 16 saves and a 2.21 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. All is well in Pittsburgh.
May 25 - 11:03 PM

David Freese went 1-for-3 with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning in Wednesday's 5-4 comeback win over the Diamondbacks.

Freese clobbered a hanging two-strike slider from Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning, ending the pitcher's night and giving the Pirates a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He has lost some playing time with the return of Jung Ho Kang; however, the 33-year-old is an ideal bench player for a contending club. He's now hitting .277/.365/.394 with 23 runs scored and 14 runs batted in.
May 25 - 11:00 PM

Steven Wright yielded three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings to defeat the Rockies on Wednesday.

Wright worked around three wild pitches and four passed balls from Ryan Hanigan to turn in his eighth quality start in nine tries. The Red Sox are just 4-5 when he pitches, since they've mostly been saving their outbursts for their other starters. His ERA stands at 2.52.
May 25 - 11:00 PM

Chad Bettis was tagged for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Well, there's very little shame in getting lit up by Boston right now. Bettis fell to 4-3 with a 4.90 ERA, but unlike Jorge De La Rosa, he's not going to be losing his rotation spot due to a bad start at Fenway.
May 25 - 10:57 PM

Blake Swihart tripled twice and knocked in two runs versus the Rockies on Wednesday.

It doesn't look like Brock Holt will return within the next 7-10 days, giving Swihart some more time to establish himself as a long-term left field option for Boston. The team would probably prefer to return him to Triple-A when Holt returns, which would allow him to continue to get his reps in behind the plate, but if he hits, he'll make it a tough decision.
May 25 - 10:57 PM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Polanco has been brilliant this year, and he was one of the main catalysts against Rubby De La Rosa on Wednesday. His RBI double in the fifth inning helped spearhead the Pirates' comeback effort. He's now hitting .317/.402/.557 with 18 doubles, two triples, six homers and seven stolen bases. The 24-year-old is becoming the all-around fantasy stud that many people hoped he'd be a year ago.
May 25 - 10:56 PM

Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and singled Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 29 games.

Bradley overtook teammate Xander Bogaerts for the AL batting lead tonight at .350. He's just five games away from matching the longest hitting streak in Red Sox history (34 games by Dom DiMaggio in 1949).
May 25 - 10:54 PM
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