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Four strong winds that blow saves (UPDATED)
2008-05-25 21:48
by Bob Timmermann

During Sunday's 18-inning masterpiece between the Reds and Padres at Petco, which the Padres won 12-9 on an Adrian Gonzalez homer off of Edinson Volquez, the two teams combined for four blown saves.

David Weathers, Francisco Cordero, and Bill Bray all blew saves for the Reds and Cla Meredith contributed one for the Padres. Jeremy Affeldt and Josh Fogg had holds for the Reds and Brian Corey had a hold for the Padres.

I haven't found an easy to find other games that have had this many blown saves before, but I found a reference to one in Yahoo! Answers for a game between the White Sox and Tigers in Detroit on September 14, 1998 that also had four blown saves. Chicago won the game 17-16 in 12 innings with the White Sox blowing three saves (Carlos Castillo, Bryan Ward, and Bobby Ward) and the Tigers blowing one (Matt Anderson).

UPDATE - Commenter Travis08 turned up this 1995 game between the Cubs and Astros that featured four blown saves by the Astros. And two games that had a combined five blown saves, both of which were played at Coors Field.

2008-05-26 06:02:36
1.   Travis08
The postseason record is 3, set twice.

Game 7, 1960 World Series.

Game 4, 1993 World Series.

2008-05-26 07:08:52
2.   Travis08
After some serious digging, the record is 5, set twice. Not surprisingly, both games were at Coors Field.

Rockies 10, A's 9, July 17, 2000 (Game 2):

Rockies 16, Dodgers 15, June 30, 1996:

There have been 20 games since 1956 with 4 blown saves, including yesterday's.

2008-05-26 07:40:42
3.   Travis08
The only game with 4 blown saves by the same team:

Cubs 12, Astros 11, September 28, 1995.

The Astros finished 1 game out of the wild card.

2008-05-26 08:42:36
4.   Bob Timmermann

Was there a simple way to do this or was it just a matter of brute force of going throught the B-R Play Index?

2008-05-26 08:50:30
5.   Travis08
4 I used the B-R Play Index to dump every blown save into a file (lots of copying and pasting involved), then used Excel to sift through the data. I don't know if there's an easier way to do it using raw Retrosheet data.
2008-05-26 09:04:56
6.   Bob Timmermann
Then I don't feel bad for not doing that last night.

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