John Axford
Rockies reliever John Axford nails down sixth save of the season
John Axford, RP, COL
1:55 AM
News: Rockies relief pitcher John Axford worked a nearly perfect ninth inning on Saturday in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Giants, earning his sixth save of the season.

After allowing a leadoff single, Axford managed to get a fly out to center field, who then doubled off the baserunner trying to advanced to third. Axford then forced a groundout to end the game. Axford lowered his ERA to 0.90 in 10 innings of work.

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Yusmeiro Petit
Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit allows four runs in losing effort
Yusmeiro Petit, RP, SF
1:55 AM
News: Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work in San Francisco's 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Petit didn't have any issues until the fourth, when he allowed three consecutive batters to reach base safely, including an RBI double by Brandon Barnes. Then, he forced a groundout by Daniel Descalso, but that also brought home a run.

In the sixth, Petit surrendered a two-run homer to Descalso. Petit, now 1-1, moved his ERA to 3.86 in 28 innings of work. 

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David Hale
Rockies pitcher David Hale earns first win of the year in spot start
David Hale, RP, COL
1:55 AM
News: Rockies pitcher David Hale allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of work on Saturday in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Giants.

Hale, who was called up from Triple-A to make a spot start in a doubleheader for Colorado, ran into some issues in the second when he allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. Then in the fifth, Hale put runners on second and third with two out before allowing an RBI single to Nori Aoki, scoring a run. 

Hale would allow one more run in the seventh before getting the hook. Hale, now 1-0, moved his ERA to 2.70 on the season. 

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Jason Motte
Cubs RP Jason Motte picks up relief win on Saturday
Jason Motte, RP, CHC
1:44 AM
News: Cubs reliver Jason Motte (2-1) earned a win in relief in Saturday's 9-6 victory over the Diamondbacks. Motte entered the bottom of the eighth inning with one away and managed to retire the two batters he faced. The Cubs put up three runs in their half of the ninth, which allowed Motte to pick up the win. 

The hard-throwing right-hander lowered his season ERA to 4.76 and he has not been scored upon in his last four outings.

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Enrique Burgos
Diamondbacks' Enrique Burgos serves up game-winning home run
Enrique Burgos, RP, ARI
1:42 AM
News: Diamondbacks reliever Enrique Burgos (0-2) picked up a loss to the Cubs in Saturday's 9-6 defeat. Burgos, who hadn't allowed a run in three straight outings, served up a game-winning three-run home run to Anthony Rizzo in the top of the ninth inning.

The Diamondbacks haven't officially named Burgos the closer, though he did successfully record two straight saves earlier in the week. But he took a step backwards with Saturday's performance and it remains to be seen if manager Chip Hale calls on him if a save chance occurs on Sunday.

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Pedro Strop
Cubs RP Pedro Strop records first save of 2015
Pedro Strop, RP, CHC
1:37 AM
News: Cubs reliever Pedro Strop picked up his first save of the season in the 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Manager Joe Maddon decided to give regular closer Hector Rondon the night off, so Strop was tabbed to close out the game.

The right-hander tossed a perfect ninth inning, striking out one, to pick up the sixth save of his career. He now has four straight scoreless outings under his belt.

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Kenley Jansen
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen notches third save of the season
Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
12:29 AM
News: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth inning on Saturday in Los Angeles' 2-0 win over the Padres, earning his third save of the season.

Jansen did not allow a baserunner and faced the minimum three batter in the inning. He recorded one strikeout and maintained his perfect 0.00 ERA through four innings of work this season.

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Hector Rondon
Cubs closer Hector Rondon is learning from his mistakes
Hector Rondon, RP, CHC
5/23/2015
News: Cubs closer Hector Rondon blew a save Friday night in Arizona, his third blown save of the season. The right-hander served up a game-tying two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the 10th inning in the eventual 5-3 Diamondbacks win.

But Rondon, who is in the third season of his career, knows where he went wrong.

"I need better location," Rondon said Saturday, per MLB.com. "I know that pitch ran up a little to the middle [to Goldschmidt]. I think that's why we lost the game yesterday, those pitches."

Manager Joe Maddon has expressed faith in his 27-year-old closer, and a change does not seem to be in the cards, at least for now. 

"He knows what he did wrong," said Maddon. "I'll say [to him], 'Hey, listen, everything's cool. I still have a lot of trust and support.' It's one of those things that happens in our game."

Rondon has blown two of his last three save opportunities.

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Carter Capps
Marlins reliever Carter Capps strikes out six in win on Saturday
Carter Capps, RP, MIA
5/23/2015
News: Marlins relief pitcher Carter Capps tossed three scoreless innings on Saturday in Miami's 1-0 win over the Orioles in 13 innings of work.

Capps came on in the 11th and allowed just one hit while striking out six.

"That was definitely my best big league outing, so I was pretty excited about that," Capps said to MLB.com. "I was feeling good tonight. I knew I was going to throw my slider in the dirt, J.T. [Realmuto] was going to block it. He was great back there. Everything he was calling, we were right on the same page."

Capps, now 1-0, also did not issue a walk and lowered his ERA to 1.50 in six innings of work this season.

"I was trying to go out there and go for as long as I could," Capps said. "I knew with our hitters, it was only a matter of time. They've been getting some bad breaks lately, but we do have a good lineup. We finally came through."

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Santiago Casilla
Giants closer Santiago Casilla gets one-out save
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
5/23/2015
News: Giants closer Santiago Casilla needed to get one out to record his 12th save of the season in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

The bottom of the ninth inning started with the Giants up 10-6. Sergio Romo came on to try can close it out, but after getting the first two batters out, Romo gave up back-to-back hits, with run coming in.  

So manager Bruce Bochy brought in Casilla to get the final out. The right-hander served up another pair of singles, allowing the Rockies to get within two. But ultimately, Casilla got the third out to pick up the save. 

Both runs in the ninth were charged to Romo. Casilla has now gone 11 straight appearances without allowing a run.

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