Mexican 20-year-old pitcher Roberto Osuna, who is the Major Leagues youngest player, managed to achieve his 17th save giving the Toronto Blue Jays their 36th win of the season versus 14 defeats Monday night against the New York Yankees.
Osuna is the Major League's youngest player this season, and in spite of his age he has been one of the most important players on the American League East-leading Blue Jays this season, the MLB website said.
“Despite his age, he's been almost automatic on the mound, taking on the high-pressure role with confidence that has impressed even the most seasoned veterans on his team,” the website added.
Osuna was place on the mound in the ninth inning and despite permitting one home run, he managed to save the game 4-2.
The Mexican pitcher striked out one Yankee hitter. He threw 13 pitches, of which 10 were strikes and faced four rival players.
First base rookie Greg Bird connected the home run.
Opener David Price took the win to sum 17 and five losses.
For Osuna, Monday night was an opportunity for redemption after he “ruined”, according to ESPN, the game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
“The Yankee batters are truly very good, and to only receive one run in an inning, well I believe it turned out well for me,” said Osuna after the game. “I've been gradually recuperating and I expect to remain healthy and I believe good results are yet to come.”
Osuna is from Sinaloa and this year – after a 2014 surgery – has played over 65 innings.
“If the team needs me, I'll be there,” he said. “They haven't talked to me about how many innings I will play, and we haven't talked about benching me … we haven't talked about anything.”
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The Toronto pitcher said the Blue Jays are currently in “a good position to make it to the playoffs, and if they need me, I will be ready.”
The Blue Jays have won 12 out of 17 games against the Yankees this season, a record for the Canadian franchise.
There are three games ahead of the rest of the Eastern league pack, but even though there are only 12 games remaining in the season, Osuna feels it is too soon to speculate.
“We need to go out and win all our remaining games,” he said. “Obviously, if we beat the Yankees, our confidence levels increase and the relief pitching staff can rest a little bit and feel more confident for the playoffs.”