Despite giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, Neil Ramirez notched his second save of the season as the Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 on Friday.
Ramirez, who was given the save opportunity for the second time in a row, didn't look good in this appearance as he almost let the Phillies get the better of him in the end. How much of an impact that will have on the team's decision to keep giving him save chances is up in the air, but it seems to be very telling that Hector Rondon, who hasn't pitched since his June 6 meltdown wasn't afforded the opportunity. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't said anything about a closer-by-committee situation yet, but his actions certainly indicate that there is a change here. Perhaps there's more to Rondon's situation than just a meltdown so look for a team update soon enough. In the meantime, Ramirez should probably be owned if you're one of the unlucky who is chasing saves this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender