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I was pleased they had that approach and I am pleased with how hard they worked to protect the lead.
Tracy stressed the importance of taking hold of tie games with runs in the late innings so his bullpen can protect the lead, and that transpired against the Pirates.
Ben Haim, 27, was caught in the face by the Spain striker during the second half of Pompey's win and admitted he had to stay calm to protect the lead against Rafael Benitez's men and boost his side's hopes of Premier League survival.
So when Brendan Donnelly and Ben Weber entered Tuesday night's game, their mission was not only to protect the lead but to restore some confidence, too.
Closer Brandon Parker pitched the ninth for the JetHawks, but was unable to protect the lead, serving up the home run to Valderrama.
In a span of a minute late in the game, he made spectacular saves on Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf to protect the lead.