Andrew Bailey’s Three Saves, Eight Strikeouts Earns Him Amica Pitcher of the Week Honors

Andrew BaileyClay Buchholz could have won it for the third week in a row, but we’re giving it to the closer.

Andrew Bailey is this week’s Amica Pitcher of the Week for an impressive seven-day stretch. The reliever pitched four innings, allowed just one earned run and struck out eight this week in performances against the Royals and Athletics.¬†Bailey added three saves to his stat line.

The closer — at least until Joel Hanrahan is back — now has a 1.59 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings for a staggering 15.9 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s walked just four all season in 12 appearances.

Bailey’s most impressive feat of the week was his outing on Wednesday when he pitched a perfect ninth with three strikeouts. It was his seventh perfect outing of the season, but his first where he struck out the side.

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