Well, it had to happen one of these days. Joel Hanrahan finally blew his first save of the season. Mark the date as July 17 and that is no typo. You have to give the guy some serious credit for lasting that long as it was only him and Jose Valverde who were left among the full time closers who have yet to blow a save in the 2011 season. It wasn’t the traditional blown save because Hanrahan didn’t give up any runs in his 1.1 innings of work. He even struck out two, bringing his season total to 37 Ks. He entered the game with two outs and a runner on first and gave up a deep double to Chris Johnson that scored the inherited runner. He struck out Brett Wallace to end the inning, so he should have got out of it, but luck did not prevail today for Hanrahan.
On the flip-side, Jose Valverde saves his 25th consecutive save of the season and is now alone, the only closer with no blown saves on the season. He also has the longest active streak of the season with 25 saves.