Rays’ wacky bullpen strategy results in bizarre save

There are saves and then there are saves.RaysrelieverAustin Pruitt was credited with the latter Sunday, becoming the first pitcher in more than 15 years to record a five-inning save during the regular season, according to ESPN.Here’s how it happened Sunday in the Rays game against the Orioles:The Rays recent strategy of starting a reliever backfired asSergio Romo lasted Jon Lester Jersey just a third of an inning in his fourth start in eight days. Vidal Addison Russell Jersey Nuno took over and threw three scorele s innings. Enter Pruitt, who pitched the final 5 2/3 innings, holding the Orioles scorele s in an 8-3 win.”I had one [save] last year that was three innings,” Pruitt told reporters afterward, “but 5 2/3 innings, that’s lengthy.”In September 2002, Joaquin Benoit got a seven-inning save for the Rangers, also against the Orioles, the last time a reliever went as long in a regular-season game. In fact, per ESPN, there have been only four timesin the past 30 regular seasons that a pitcher recorded a save while pitching at least five innings.The last time anyone accomplished the feat was in Game 7 the 2014 World Series, when Giantsace Madison Bumgarner came https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/steve-cishek-jersey out of the bullpen to throw five innings to clinch the championship over the Royals.