In the ninth inning, the Mariners got the tying run to second against closer Jenrry Mejia, but Logan Morrison then struck out to the end game.
Familia has allowed just one earned run in his last 19 appearances. Meanwhile, Mejia has allowed just one earned in his last 13 innings, while locking down six saves in seven chances.
"It's starts with the starting pitching, though, because the bullpen is even nastier with rest," David Wright told SNY after the game. "So, when they came in, their stuff is more sharp. These guys have defined roles and they're pretty good at it."
This has been a sensational duo ever since Familia started getting such impressive downward movement with his fastball, which essentially gives him four pitches to use in such a short set. As such, I trust him coming in to situations with runners on base, which is a huge asset in a set-up guy. He doesn't need to start an inning clean and that's huge. I love the contrast between him and Mejia as well, be it their height, demeanor or approach. It's a fantastic combination. Imagine life when Bobby Parnell is back in the mix next summer... Nice!