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Mariano Rivera earns 30th save despite surrendering homer

Aug 11, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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For just the third time in his Hall of Fame career, Mariano Rivera has given up homers in back-to-back relief appearances.  However, It didn’t prevent him from notching his 30th save Thursday against the Angels.

Rivera, who gave up a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday, came into a 6-2 game with two on and one out in the ninth inning today.  He promptly allowed a three-run homer to Russell Branyan, making it 6-5.  However, he was able to retire the next two batters he faced to end the contest.

The previous times Rivera gave up homers in consecutive appearances came in Aug. 2003 against the Orioles and in April 2009 versus the Red Sox and Tigers.  It also happened to him twice as a rookie in 1995, but he started both games the first time and one game during the second streak.

On the positive side, Rivera’s save today gave him 14 seasons of at least 30, tying Trevor Hoffman‘s major league record.  Lee Smith is the only other pitcher with double-digit 30-save seasons, and he finished with just the 10.  Billy Wagner had nine.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    “Rivera’s save today gave him 14 seasons of at least 30, tying Trevor Hoffman‘s major league record.”

    Did he already tie the record for the most seasons with 29 saves?

    I forgot the Angels had Branyan. Why didn’t he play the first 2 games? He ALWAYS kills the Yankees.

  2. SmackSaw - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Dracula is starting to act a little more human.

  3. pisano - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    I’m just sayin he’s not automatic anymore. after all he’s 41 and most of these guys have seen him a ton of times, but as I said in earlier posts you have Soriano or Robertson if need be. I think down the road Robertson will inherit the job. I just want to see Mo get to be all time saves leader and call it a career. We’ll never see another one like him.

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 11, 2011 at 7:58 PM

      A bad year for Mo, would be a great year for anybody else. Enjoy him while he’s still around.

  4. 27xwschamps - Aug 12, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    Makes me wonder y the cutter isn’t cutting like it should….

  5. deathmonkey41 - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    The demise of Mariao Rivera has been happening for about the last 7 yrs. It’s a credit to him that every time he hits a speedbump, people overreact and think he’s finished because everyone expects him to be perfect every time out.

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