Sunday, August 10, 2014
With Mejia off, Familia gets last call
By Adam Rubin
PHILADELPHIA -- Jenrry Mejia had worked Thursday in D.C. and Friday in Philly, both times while dealing with a tight calf muscle. So Terry Collins gave the closer the night off and turned to Jeurys Familia to protect a 2-1 lead in the 11th.
Familia surrendered a two-out single to Ryan Howard, then walked Marlon Byrd. But he rebounded to retire Domonic Brown on a groundout to pick up his second save of the season and third of his career.
“This guy, I’ve got all the confidence in the world to bring him in a game in any situation and believe he’s going to make pitches," Collins said. "He’s really done an outstanding job."
Familia knew closing was his responsibility Saturday, with Mejia unavailable.
“I don’t feel pressure,” he said. “I just try to do my job, make the hitter make contact, get a groundball.”