Kyle McGowin recorded his first career save in the Washington Nationals’ 14-4 rout of Atlanta May 29.
The 2010 Pierson graduate, who was scheduled to start, was shifted to the bullpen when Aníbal Sánchez was reinstated from the injured list earlier in the day. McGowin took over in the seventh after Sánchez helped the Nationals maintain a 14-0 lead.
The right-hander allowed four runs on five hits while walking none and striking out six. He was left in despite giving up a no-outs grand slam in his first inning of work to Austin Riley. It was the first grand slam of Riley’s career.
McGowin now has a 9.90 ERA and 11:2 K:BB through 10 innings, having served up three homers in that stretch.