Mark Melancon
Mark Melancon fans two, converts save No. 32
Mark Melancon, RP, PIT
News: Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out two and needed 20 pitches to complete a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on Monday. He has converted 32 of 36 save chances, with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 70 innings of relief.

Joaquin Benoit
Joaquin Benoit returns for Padres
Joaquin Benoit, RP, SD
News: Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, who had been out since Aug. 26 with shoulder discomfort, returned to the mound Sunday against the Giants, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning of an 8-2 victory.

Benoit was the closer before being sidelined by the injury, and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported earlier in the weekend that the Padres would ease him back into that role. Kevin Quackenbush has closed in his absence.


Kevin Quackenbush
Kevin Quackenbush picks up his fifth save Saturday
Kevin Quackenbush, RP, SD
News: Padres closer Kevin Quackenbush saved his fifth game Saturday against the Giants.

Quackenbush entered with a two-run lead, and made things interesting before shutting the door. With two outs, he gave up a run-scoring single to Gregor Blanco. The run was charged to starter Andrew Cashner. Quackenbush managed to pick up a line out to finally close out the game. 


Drew Storen
Drew Storen picks up ninth save
Drew Storen, RP, WAS
News: Nationals closer Drew Storen picked up his ninth save Saturday against the Marlins.

Storen entered with a one-run lead, and got himself in trouble before closing things out. With one out, Storen gave up two straight singles. With the tying run on second base, Storen managed a game-ending double play. 


Jenrry Mejia
Jenrry Mejia saves No. 27
Jenrry Mejia, RP, NYM
News: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia managed his 27th save Saturday against the Braves.

Mejia entered with a two-run lead, and managed to close things out. After quickly getting his first out, Mejia gave up a single to Ramiro Pena. With a man on base, Mejia managed to make quick work of the next two hitters to finish the game. He did not record any walks or strikeouts during the outing. 


Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez saves No. 43 Saturday
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
News: Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez saved his 43rd game Saturday against the Pirates.

Rodriguez entered with a one-run lead, and shut the door. He threw a perfect inning, getting a flyout and two groundouts to finish off the game. Rodriguez threw just six pitches during the outing. 


Yusmeiro Petit
Yusmeiro Petit drops one Saturday
Yusmeiro Petit, RP, SF
News: Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit turned in a a decent start Saturday against the Padres.

Petit allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three during the outing. Petit gave up his first run in the third inning. After a leadoff double, Yangervis Solarte managed to reach on an error. The run scored on a play, but was unearned. He gave up his other two runs in the sixth inning. With two men on base, Rene Rivera doubled in both runs. 

With the loss, Petit dropped to 5-5. He’ll take on the Padres in his next start.


Ken Giles
Ken Giles picks up first save Saturday
Ken Giles, RP, PHI
News: Phillies closer Ken Giles picked up his first save Saturday against the Athletics.

Giles entered with a three-run lead, and slammed the door shut. He was perfect during the inning, picking up one strikeout. Giles induced a pop out against Adam Dunn to finish off the Athletics. 


Trevor Cahill
Trevor Cahill knocked around Saturday
Trevor Cahill, RP, ARI
News: Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill turned in a rough performance Saturday against the Rockies. 

Cahill gave up five runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks during the performance. Corey Dickerson proved to be a problem for Cahill. He tripled in a run in the first inning to open the scoring. Dickerson wasn’t involved in the third inning, when the Rockies managed to plate three runs during the inning. He did, however, strike in the fifth. Dickerson clubbed a solo home run off Cahill, plating the fifth run of the game.

With the loss, Cahill dropped to 3-12. He’ll take on the Cardinals in his next start. 


Jamey Wright
Jamey Wright to start Sunday, Dan Haren moved to Monday
Jamey Wright, RP, LAD
News: The Dodgers will start Jamey Wright Sunday against the Cubs and push Dan Haren back to Monday to open the team's series against the Giants, reports.

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