Edwin Diaz hadn’t pitched in nearly a week, so the tank was full and the arm was rested when he was asked to come in for the first six-out save of his career in Thursday’s series-opening win over the Braves.
“That’s special,” Diaz said after continuing his dominant season with two scoreless frames. “I came in the game and the fans got crazy…I made my pitches, made the big outs, and we got the win.”
Diaz looked overpowering once again in the eighth, retiring the heart of the Braves lineup in order, including ending the top half of the inning with consecutive strikeouts against sluggers Matt Olson and Austin Riley. When asked if he felt good to throw the ninth as well, Diaz didn’t hesitate.
“They asked me after I threw my inning, and I said I feel great,” Diaz said. “I want to go back out there and get the win.”
Diaz also added that if he was asked to come in for six outs again, he wouldn’t hesitate.
“I would be ready,” Diaz said. “My arm feels good, my body feels good. I will be ready every time when they need me in any situation. I want to help this team win. If they need me in the seventh, I’ll be ready. I’m early in the bullpen, so I’ll be ready when they call my name.”
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