April 17, 2017
Blowin' In the Win
Something odd happened during the Giants-Diamondbacks season opener. No, not Madison Bumgarner hitting two home runs. And not the Giants losing a game they led entering the ninth inning, making Bruce Bochy think he’s living out Groundhog Day or something.
Rather, it’s something related to the scoring of the game. Here is the MLB.com box score for Giants pitchers in the game:
Let me make it a little more obvious:
In any game that doesn’t end in a tie, only one pitcher gets credited with a win. Only one gets a loss. Only one gets a save, if there’s one to be awarded. Multiple pitchers can get holds, of course, and that’s not uncommon. In this Angels-A’s game, three Oakland pitchers—Ryan Dull, Sean Doolittle, and Ryan Madson—got holds. But two blown saves? That means that a team had a lead, blew it, got the lead back, and blew it again. How common is that?