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Trevor Hoffman gets bases-loaded strikeout for 598th save

Aug 18, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

John Axford has done a tremendous job since taking over for Trevor Hoffman as the Brewers’ closer in mid-May, going 7-1 while converting 18-of-20 saves with a 2.76 ERA and 50/20 K/BB ratio in 42.2 innings.
This afternoon, however, the 27-year-old rookie ran into trouble trying to close out a 3-0 lead over the Cardinals. So with the bases loaded, two outs, and the Brewers clinging to a 3-2 lead manager Ken Macha summoned Hoffman from the bullpen … and the all-time saves leader struck out Brendan Ryan on three pitches for his 598th career save.
Hoffman is highly unlikely to reclaim ninth-inning duties down the stretch, but since losing the gig to Axford he has a 3.46 ERA and .235 opponents’ batting average in 26 innings. He’s pitching well enough to at least make retiring or not his choice and my guess is that Macha will give Hoffman a shot to get the two more saves necessary to reach 600.

  1. Utley's hair - Aug 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Great. A meaningless milestone is just around the corner. Hopefully he won’t get the idea to hang around to go for 625 or 650.

  2. Ditto65 - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Just something for Mo to shoot for.

  3. keg64 - Aug 18, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Thank God Hoffman doesn’t play in New Yak. I am still sick of the number 600.

  4. JBerardi - Aug 18, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    ROUND NUMBERS!!!!!111!

  5. Kris - Aug 19, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    I am hearing this in Brick Tamland’s voice. (LOUD NOISES!!!)

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