The Hell Has Frozen Over Kimbrel/Uehara 37 Report

by Bill Chuck on September 18, 2013

Yesterday afternoon and evening the Nationals put a pair of curly “Ws” on the board to continue their better-late-than-never drive to the postseason. In the afternoon contest, Washington defeated the Braves, 6-5 through a combination of sloppy fielding and seeing-eye grounders to put three on the board in the bottom of the 9th.

37 straight saves

The biggest story of this remarkable comeback was that it came against baseball’s best reliever, Craig Kimbrel, who had converted 37 consecutive save chances since early May and has 47 saves and blew his fourth save of the season.

Kimbrel’s streak

Gtm Date Opp Rslt Inngs Dec  IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
34 May 9 @ SFG W,6-3 9-GF S(11) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
41 May 17 LAD W,8-5 9-GF S(12) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4
42 May 18 LAD W,3-1 9-GF S(13) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
43 May 19 LAD W,5-2 9-GF S(14) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4
47 May 24 @ NYM W,7-5 10-GF(10) S(15) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
51 May 28 @ TOR W,7-6 10-GF(10) S(16) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4
56 Jun 2 WSN W,6-3 9-GF S(17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
62 Jun 8 @ LAD W,2-1 9-GF S(18) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4
69 Jun 16 SFG W,3-0 9-GF S(19) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
73 Jun 19 NYM W,5-3 9-GF S(20) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
77 Jun 23 @ MIL W,7-4 9-GF S(21) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
78 Jun 25 @ KCR W,4-3 9-GF S(22) 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 6
80 Jun 28 ARI W,3-0 9-GF S(23) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
90 Jul 9 @ MIA W,6-4 9-GF S(24) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
92 Jul 11 CIN W,6-5 9-GF S(25) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4
94 Jul 13 CIN W,5-2 9-GF S(26) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
96 Jul 19 @ CHW W,6-4 9-GF S(27) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4
99 Jul 22 @ NYM W,2-1 9-GF S(28) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5
103 Jul 26 STL W,4-1 9-GF S(29) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4
104 Jul 27 STL W,2-0 9-GF S(30) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
105 Jul 28 STL W,5-2 9-GF S(31) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
110 Aug 2 @ PHI W,6-4 9-GF S(32) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
111 Aug 3 @ PHI W,5-4 12-GF(12) S(33) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4
112 Aug 4 @ PHI W,4-1 9-GF S(34) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4
114 Aug 6 @ WSN W,2-1 9-GF S(35) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
115 Aug 7 @ WSN W,6-3 9-GF S(36) 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 6
120 Aug 13 PHI W,3-1 9-GF S(37) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4
121 Aug 14 PHI W,6-3 9-GF S(38) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
124 Aug 18 WSN W,2-1 9-GF S(39) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4
126 Aug 21 @ NYM W,4-1 10-GF(10) S(40) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4
130 Aug 25 @ STL W,5-2 8-GF S(41) 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
131 Aug 27 CLE W,2-0 9-GF S(42) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
133 Aug 29 CLE W,3-1 9-GF S(43) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
138 Sep 3 NYM W,3-1 9-GF S(44) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4
143 Sep 9 @ MIA W,5-2 9-GF S(45) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
144 Sep 10 @ MIA W,4-3 9-GF S(46) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3
148 Sep 14 SDP W,2-1 9-GF S(47) 1.0 1 1 1 1 2 1 5
150 Sep 17(1) @ WSN L,5-6 9-GF BL(3-3) 0.1 1 3 2 2 0 0 5
61.0 35 10 9 20 89 4 237
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/18/2013.

37 in a row retired

Like their neighbors to the north, the Baltimore Orioles are doing everything they can to hang in the AL Wild Card race. Last night, they were tied, 2-2, in the 9th inning at Fenway Park. In came Boston’s MVP, closer Koji Uehara, who had retired the previous 37 batters he had faced. But the first batter Koji faced, Danny Valencia, ended that streak with a triple just beyond the grasp of center fielder Shane Victorino. This was the first hit he allowed by Uehara since August 17 when the Yankees’ Lyle Overbay doubled.

Up next, Matt Wieters hit an eventual game-winning sac fly, the first run given up by Uehara in 30.1 innings since July 9, the longest streak by a Boston pitcher since Dick Radatz went 33 scoreless innings in 1963. It took Koji 27 games to toss his 30.1 scoreless innings and Radatz 14 games to toss his 33 scoreless innings.

37 straight retired by Koji

Uehara (4-1) fell four batters short of Bobby Jenks‘ major league record for a reliever of 41 consecutive retired batters set in 2007 and Mark Buehrle‘s mark for all pitchers of 45 in 2009.

Gtm Date Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO
129 Aug 21 @ SFG W,12-1 9-GF 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
131 Aug 24 @ LAD W,4-2 8-GF S(13) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
134 Aug 28 BAL W,4-3 9-GF S(14) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
136 Aug 30 CHW W,4-3 8-GF S(15) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
138 Sep 1 CHW W,7-6 9-GF S(16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
140 Sep 3 DET W,2-1 9-GF S(17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
142 Sep 5 @ NYY W,9-8 10-GF(10) S(18) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
143 Sep 6 @ NYY W,12-8 9-GF 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
146 Sep 10 @ TBR W,2-0 8-GF S(19) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
147 Sep 11 @ TBR W,7-3 9-9 W(4-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
149 Sep 13 NYY W,8-4 9-GF 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
152 Sep 17 BAL L,2-3 9-GF L(4-1) 1.0 1 1 1 0 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/18/2013.

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