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Brad Lidge's rare feat: five baserunners, one inning, one save

Jul 26, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

Brad Lidge has certainly come up with some, shall we say, creative saves while struggling the last two years, but perhaps nothing tops today’s.
After entering a 5-2 game against the Rockies to start the top of the ninth, he gave a double and a homer to bring the Colorado to within one. He then allowed the Rockies to load up the bases with two outs before finally retiring Ryan Spilborghs on a comebacker to end the game.
In yielding three hits and two walks (one intentional), he became the first pitcher in two years to allow five men to reach and still pick up a one-inning save.
The unusual occurence had happened a total of 12 times since 2000, including once in a Lidge save back in 2005. Lidge, though, was hurt by an error in that one and both runs he allowed were unearned. Here’s the list:
1. Jeff Brantley (Phillies) – May 21, 2000
2. Ricky Bottalico (Royals) – Aug. 7, 2000
3. Trevor Hoffman (Padres) – April 3, 2002
4. Billy Koch (Athletics) – Sept. 27, 2002
5. Jorge Julio (Orioles) – May 9, 2004
6. Keith Foulke (Red Sox) – April 8, 2005
7. Brad Lidge (Astros) – Aug. 10, 2005
8. Bobby Jenks (White Sox) – Sept. 29, 2006
9. Todd Jones (Tigers) – May 19, 2007
10. Joe Borowski (Indians) – July 20, 2007
11. C.J. Wilson (Rangers) – Sept. 2, 2007
12. C.J. Wilson (Rangers) – June 15, 2008
Of course, all of these pitchers allowed exactly two runs. However, for Lidge’s 2005 save and Borowski’s in 2007, both runs were unearned.
That today’s five-baserunner save featured a homer made it even more rare. None of the previous 11 had. Brantley’s did, though.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 26, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Not all saves are created equal.

  2. Utley's hair - Jul 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    It was Lidge’s second straight 30+ pitch game in which he juiced the bags with two outs. Where are the stats on coronaries caused?

  3. YankeesfanLen - Jul 26, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    He must be the FAT TOAD’s idol.

  4. Ditto65 - Jul 26, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Brad Lidge to Joba: “Fat Toad, I am your Father.”

  5. Jonny5 - Jul 27, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Seriously though, Brad Lidge is the kind of closer that makes you want to cover your head with a towel when he come on to close out a game. Even if it’s a 3 run lead. Every single time. Do you see his record? Half of those saves are luck. Here, this article was posted before this “rare feat”.
    Now you say it’s rare, I say “he hasn’t done that already? Ya sure?”

  6. BC - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    He is the reincarnation of Don “Full Pack” Stanhouse.

  7. BC - Jul 27, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Ricky Bottalico – pride of Newington, Connecticut. Wow, been a while since I heard the homeboy mentioned.

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