27 run save?
August 23, 2007 1 Comment
For those of you who missed it last night, the Baltimore Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Texas Rangers last night in the first game of a doubleheader, but couldn’t hold it and lost 30-3. The Rangers had more runs in the game (and hits) than they did outs. (Apparently not happy with that outburst, the Rangers put nine on the board against the Orioles in the second game of the doubleheader and won that game 9-7). Sounds like that Mark Teixeira trade worked out OK for them.
But, in recognition of one of the most curious technical applications of the save rule ever seen, we here at StatSpeak would like to congratulate Rangers pitcher Wes Littleton for notching his second major league save. Littleton, who pitched the final three innings for the Rangers in what can only be described as the very essence of garbage time, was credited with the save in a game which his team won by 27 runs. Apparently the Rangers wouldn’t have won without Littleton’s… heroics? To his credit, he did enter the game in the seventh inning with the Rangers only up by 11 runs. If you read the save rule though, it does say that if the last guy out there pitches 3+ effective innings, he gets a save.
My father has a saying for times like these. “I think that’s nice.”