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Sean Doolittle’s scoreless innings streak snapped at 26 2/3

Jun 28, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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Entering Saturday’s game against the Marlins, Athletics closer Sean Doolittle hadn’t allowed a run in over two months. Doolittle gave up four to the Astros in abysmal performance on April 26.

The Marlins ended Doolittle’s scoreless innings streak at 26 2/3. In the bottom of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton ripped a one-out double, then promptly scored on Casey McGehee‘s single to center field, tying the game up at 6-6. Doolittle escaped the inning without any further damage.

Doolittle is now carrying a 2.08 ERA, a 0.59 WHIP, and a ridiculous 56/1 K/BB ratio. His last walk came on May 20, when Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan drew a two-out walk.

  1. arizonagrit - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Grit

  2. pkers - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Fangraphs pointed out that he’s been having success by pretty much only throwing fastballs up in the zone- when everyone else is basically trying to pitch down in the zone, he’s challenging hitters up and in the zone. His past experience as a hitter seems to be informing his strategy.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/sean-doolittle-throwing-high-hard-and-historic/

    • dan1111 - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      Great article. It will be interesting to see whether he can translate this to long-term success. A closer who relies on fooling hitters by throwing the same pitch over and over doesn’t sound too promising…but on the other hand, that was what made the best closer in the game.

      • clydeserra - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        it should be noted he threw 2 first pitch sliders for strikes yesterday.

        I think he threw another slider for a strike too

  3. stercuilus65 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Kershaw is working on a 21inning scoreless streak.

    • clydeserra - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      wow. that’s great.

      Kershaw is a otherwordly talent. there is no comparison to Doolittle. Why are you mentioning it here?

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