Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 12 Days

Ernesto Frieri walked both of the batters he faced in the 10th inning Saturday versus the Reds.

Luckily for the Pirates, left-hander Justin Wilson was able to eliminate that threat. Pittsburgh went on to win in the bottom of the 10th. Frieri has allowed 11 baserunners and recorded only 12 outs since joining the Bucs. He's not going to see a save opportunity anytime soon.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 27 Days

Pirates acquired RHP Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for RHP Jason Grilli.

Both hurlers began the season as the closer for their respective squads, and each lost their role recently due to ineffectiveness. Frieri will work in a setup capacity with the Pirates, but with Mark Melancon locking down the ninth inning and Tony Watson excelling in the eighth, it's unlikely that Frieri sees any save chances in the immediate future.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 28 Days

Ernesto Frieri was charged with three runs in the ninth after entering a 6-1 game Thursday against the Twins.

Frieri dug his own grave and then Joe Smith buried him, giving up a three-run double to Joe Mauer after entering with two outs. The hit took Frieri's ERA from 5.52 to 6.39, and Smith simply retired Kendrys Morales afterwards to earn a save in the 6-4 win. Frieri's problem has been homers, but it was two walks that did him in today. He had allowed just six unintentional walks in 30 1/3 innings entering the game, so it was an odd outing him for him. Needless to say, he's not getting the closing gig back anytime soon.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 1 Month

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Thursday that he doesn't have a defined closer.

"I don't think it's any different from what we talked about," Scioscia said when asked if Ernesto Frieri is his closer. "What's different from matching up like we talked about?" The comments came after Cam Bedrosian was used in a save situation Thursday, only to load the bases and be relieved by Frieri, who promptly served up a walk-off grand slam. Frieri is still probably the best bet for saves, but Bedrosian and Joe Smith should also be owned.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 1 Month

Ernesto Frieri served up a walkoff grand slam to Nick Swisher on Thursday afternoon in Cleveland.

Anaheim led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning and Cam Bedrosian was brought in for the save. But manager Mike Scoiscia turned back to Frieri after Bedrosian loaded the bases on two walks and a double. That's when Swisher went deep to win it. The Angels' bullpen is a mess right now.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 1 Month

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Sunday that there has been no change to how he's handling the team's closer role, and that it will continue to be primarily Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning.

This comes on the heels of Frieri surrendering four runs on five hits without recording an out in the ninth inning against the Braves on Friday. While the vote of confidence sounds reassuring, his 5.46 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season paint a troubling picture. Joe Smith should be secured as a handcuff option wherever he's available.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 1 Month

Ernesto Frieri surrendered four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday against the Braves.

Frieri entered the game with Anaheim leading by four runs and yielded three singles, a ground-rule double, and a triple without recording even one out. He now has a hideous 5.46 ERA on the year, but Saturday's blowup was in a non-save situation and the Angels wound up winning the game in extras so Frieri's hold on the closer role might be safe.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 1 Month

Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in the ninth inning to finish off the A's in Monday's 4-1 win.

Frieri has struck out multiple batters in three straight appearances, all of which ended in saves. The 28-year-old has pitched on four consecutive days, so you would think Joe Smith might get a save chance if one presents itself Tuesday. Smith, however, has pitched in three of four. Manager Mike Scioscia is hoping for a blowout win.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 2 Months

Ernesto Frieri worked around a couple of baserunners to earn his 10th save of the season against the White Sox on Sunday.

Dayan Viciedo doubled with one out and Adam Dunn was intentionally walked to bring the winning run to the plate, but Frieri got Adrian Nieto to strike out looking to end the threat. He had two strikeouts in the inning and now owns a 4.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 33/7 K/BB ratio over 27 innings.

Ernesto Frieri RP PIT 2 Months

Ernesto Frieri survived a shaky ninth inning Tuesday against the Mariners to earn his seventh save of the season.

Frieri notched the first two outs quickly, but the third one proved evasive. He walked Michael Saunders, gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano, and walked Justin Smoak before he got Kyle Seager to fly out to center. This was the first time he's given up a run since May 6. Manager Mike Scioscia has been hesitant to say it, but Frieri is officially the Angels' closer again.