Braves' Gonzalez 'couldn't ask for anything more' from Williams Perez

BY foxsports • June 16, 2015

Fredi Gonzalez is no casting director, but he's called upon Williams Perez to play a variety of roles on the Atlanta Braves' pitching staff this year, most recently asking him to jump from fill-in closer to starter, which he executed flawlessly.

After pitching a scoreless inning on Saturday to notch a save for the Braves, Perez started Monday against the Boston Red Sox.

In six innings of work, he held the Sox scoreless, setting the Braves up for a victory to open their split four-game series against Boston, which will head back to Atlanta on Wednesday.

Perez has picked up a win or a save in each of the Braves' last three wins.

"He pitched better than what we expected after pitching that save game on Saturday," Gonzalez said. "Coming in [on short rest] there and short here, pitching in Fenway against an American League team, I couldn't ask for anything more, really. But you know, we run him out there in different scenarios and he always rises to the occasion, because he's got pitch-ability. We needed that one."

Perez, who is now 3-0 in his rookie season, is next scheduled to take the mound for the Braves on Saturday, when they'll take on the New York Mets and probable starter Noah Syndergaard.


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