Odrisamer Despaigne came within one out of recording a four-inning save for the Orioles on Friday night. The four-inning save is an infrequent occurrence in this age of pitching specialization, but just how rare is it?
It has been eight years since the Orioles had a four-inning save. The most recent one came on June 28, 2008, when Lance Cormier tossed four innings in relief of O’s starter Garrett Olson in a 9-1 win versus the Washington Nationals.
Cormier’s effort is one of only three four-innings saves for the Orioles since 2000, and one of 33 overall in major league baseball in that time frame. The other two four-inning saves for the Orioles since 2000 came courtesy of Travis Driskill on June 12, 2003, and John Parrish on May 29, 2004.
Overall, the Orioles have had 43 saves of four innings or more since 1954. All but one of those saves came from exactly four innings of work. The only save longer than four innings was Dick Hall’s eight-inning effort on June 18, 1961.
Sammy Stewart and Dick Hall share the club lead for four-inning saves with six apiece. The greatest O’s starter, Jim Palmer, had two four-inning saves of his own.
The O’s had their most four-inning saves in 1985 with five. Sammy Stewart accounted for two of the total, Nate Snell also had two, and Don Aase rounded things out with one of his own.
Oh, Odrisamer. What could have been ….