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Mike Scioscia gives Ernesto Frieri a vote of confidence

Jun 15, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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Ernesto Frieri‘s 2014 season continued to be a nightmare with Saturday night’s appearance against the Braves. Staked to a 5-1 lead at the start of the ninth inning, Frieri allowed four runs on three singles, a triple, and a ground-rule double before he was yanked from the ballgame. The outing bumped Frieri’s ERA up to 5.46.

Frieri was demoted from the closer’s role towards the end of April, but returned to closing duty after a successful string of appearances in non-save situations in May. It would seem Frieri is once again in danger of losing his job, but manager Mike Scioscia gave Frieri a vote of confidence, saying is no change in how he’s handling the bullpen, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Frieri has allowed runs in two out of his last five appearances. Overall, along with the ugly ERA, Frieri has an 0-3 record with two blown saves and a 36/7 K/BB ratio in 28 innings.

  1. sonicguy17 - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Mike Scioscia wasn’t managing last night’s game so I don’t know how he managed to pull Frieri after blowing the save…

  2. edelmanfanclub - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Joe Smith should close. Stop with these roles. Fieri has struggled and Smith has gotten the job done, its not like Fieri is a Papelbon/Street kind of resume. He’s got good stuff but Joe Smith should be the closer.

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