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Anatomy of the Orioles' blown saves (2024)


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(Note: I was working on this post before today's game, so I wasn;t writing it just because I was in a gloomy mood.)

Last year, the Oriole blew 31 saves, but only 15 losses resulted from those blown saves.  This thread is to track the O's blown saves and the outcomes for 2024.

Through 47 games in 2024, the Orioles have blown 10 saves resulting in 6 losses.   Here's a summary of the blown saves to date:

April 1: In his first appearance of the year, sitting on a 4-3 lead against the Royals in the top of the 9th, Craig Kimbrel allowed a bloop single that dropped between Henderson and Hays, either of whom could have made the catch.  Kimbrel allowed the runner to steal second and third, and then a sac fly to RF plated the tying run for the blown save.  Fortunately, the O's scored two more runs in the bottom of the 9th and prevailed 6-4.

April 6: Mike Baumann entered the bottom of the 10th in Pittsburgh ahead 4-3, but with the zombie runner on 2B.  He allowed a single, a stolen base and a walk to load the bases, then walked in the tying run.   Danny Coulombe escaped the remaining bases loaded nobody out jam, but the O's lost in the 11th, 5-4.

April 7: Yennier Cano entered the game in Pittsburgh in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-1 lead and loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.  He induced a force out at home, but the next batter hit a ground ball sharply up the middle that Gunnar Henderson was able to grab on a lunging dive and then tag 2B with his glove from the ground, but he then tried to scramble to his feet  and complete a DP, and the throw was wide, allowing 2 runs to score on the play, as the O's lost 3-2.

April 11: Coulombe entered a game in Boston in the 8th inning ahead 3-2, but after recording two outs, allowed a game-tying homer to Connor Wong for the blown save.  No matter: the O's scored 6 times in the top of the 10th and won 9-4, completing a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.

April 17: Jacob Webb entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with the O's leading the Twins 1-0, and one out with a runner on 1B.   Webb immediately allowed a single that scored a runner all the way from 1st, and the batter advanced to second on the throw home.  That runner later scored on a single to put the O's behind 2-1.   But the O's tied the game in the bottom of the frame and won it on a Cedric Mullins walk-off in the 9th.

April 26: Sitting on a run of 7 consecutive saves, Kimbrel entered the top of the 9th with a 2-1 lead over Oakland, but allowed a double, a walk, another double, a fielder's choice and two more walks.   The Orioles lost the game 3-2.

April 28:  Just two days later, Kimbrel faced the A's again, leading 6-5 in the top of the 9th.   He walked the first batter and allowed a two-run homer to the second, and was pulled from the game.  The O's lost 7-6.

May 8:  At Washington, Kimbrel entered in the 9th with a 4-2 lead.  He got two quick outs, but then allowed a solo homer, a walk, a stolen base, and another walk.  At that point Brandon Hyde had seen enough and brought in Keegan Akin.   Unfortunately, Akin uncorked a wild pitch and then allowed a run-scoring single to tie the game.   The blown save was charged to Akin but Kimbrel had a big hand in it.  The O's later blew another two-run lead in the 11th (Anthony Suarez, who was not charged with a blown save because he was the pitcher of record if they'd held that lead), then almost blew another two-run lead in the 12th, but Webb escaped with only one run allowed and the O's were 7-6 winners.

May 13: Cano entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with the O's leading the visiting Blue Jays 2-1.  He allowed a game-tying homer to Daulton Varsho to tie the game.  The O's eventually lost in extra innings 3-2.

May 18: Leading the Mariners 2-0 in the top of the 7th, Coulombe started the inning by allowing a single and a double, and then a run-scoring ground out that left a runner on 3B with one out.  Suarez then entered the game and allowed a game-tying double for the blown save, though Coulombe had a lot to do with it.   The O's gave up two more runs in the 8th and lost 4-2.

I'll update this every so often.   Hopefully, we won't see this many blown saves in the next 47 games.


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