by Daniel Gettinger
Yesterday, against the Mets, Trevor Hoffman earned his 18th save of the season. He did so by throwing only one pitch.
When the bottom of the ninth inning began, the Brewers were leading the Mets 10-3. Brewer’s reliever Carlos Villanueva retired the first batter he faced, but then got into some serious trouble by allowing the following sequence of hits to the next five batters: Double, Double, Homer, Single, Infield Single.
Queue the bells.
Hoffman entered what was now a 10-6 game, with runners on first and second with one out. Brian Schneider swung at Hoffman’s first pitch, and grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the game.
I am pretty sure Hoffman is not the first reliever to record a one pitch save. It might not even be his first career one pitch save. But it is still pretty cool. And certainly more interesting than anything that happened in last night’s Padres game.