Baker collects save, win for Tulsa in back-to-back appearances
The rocket right-hander has entered in the eighth inning in each of his last three appearances, an indication of his value. Most other closers are used almost exclusively in the ninth.
Baker has welcomed the added workload and solidified his status as the team’s go-to pitcher at the end of games.
He has collected a win and a save in back-to-back appearances and strung together 6.2 innings of scoreless relief over his last five games.
He pitched 1.1 innings and earned the win after his team earned a 2-1 walkoff victory in the 10th over the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Two days earlier, he recorded a six-out save to close the door on a 9-6 win over the San Antonio Missions. He retired five batters on ground balls, including two comebackers.
Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, has a 3-1 record with two saves and a 3.18 ERA over his last 10 appearances. In that span he struck out eight batters in 11.1 innings.