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Nathan Gets Back On Track, Earns 20th Save

Joe Nathan needed just 14 pitches to close the door on the Red Sox on Wednesday night



    On Tuesday night, Joe Nathan had an uncharacteristically rocky outing, walking two and surrendering a hit and the game-winning run in the Red Sox half of the ninth, an 29-pitch effort for which the veteran closer was pinned with his third loss of the season. Which would make his performance on Wednesday a nice bounce-back job.

    Nathan needed just 14 pitches to dispatch of the Red Sox in a perfect ninth and earn his 20th save on the year on Wednesday night. Like the savvy, veteran closer that he is, Nathan credited having a short memory for his ability to so seamlessly get back on track after Tuesday’s outing.

    I try to just live in the present," Nathan said after the Rangers’ 5-3 victory, per ESPN Dallas. "Last night was done. You try to build off it and learn from it."

    The difference between Tuesday and Wednesday, Nathan believes, was simple enough: On Wednesday, Nathan told reporters after the win, his command was just a little better than it was the night before.

    "It wasn’t a big adjustment," he said. "Last night I wasn’t missing much. They were just real patient. I’ve seen hitters swing at a lot of the pitches I threw yesterday. They’ve been seeing the ball pretty well and playing good baseball. So I just tried to come in tonight and really command some pitches, maybe give them a different look.”