The 2010 baseball season has been no picnic for Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader. Trevor Hoffman started the year needing just 9-saves to
reach 600 for his career. No other player has every gone there. But Hoffman struggled out of the gates and eventually lost his closers role. Since then, he’s patiently played the waiting game, waiting for the chance to close again.
The Milwaukee Brewers in the meantime, found a new closer in John Axford and his performance has been outstanding, making it harder for the Brewers to go back to Hoffman.
Hoffman eventually got some scattered opportunities and he’s made the most of them.
Hoffman got pinch-hitter Randy Winn to ground into a double play. Another pinch hitter Aaron Miles then grounded the ball to shortstop and Craig Counsell who threw to first for the final out and the celebration was on.
Prior to the 9th inning, the game had four ejections. One of the four was a fan, for heckling Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The Cardinals missed an opportunity to gain ground on the first place Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central. St. Louis still trails Cincinnati by 6-games. The Reds suffered their 3rd straight loss on Tuesday night, 4-3 to Colorado.